There were tons of Andrenids, Halictids and three Tri-coloured Bees on this single bush along the trail. Apparently the bush is relatively common in the village. I later found a dozen of them growing along the edge of our sheep pasture with more bees. I do not know what the bush is or whether it is native, but it is obviously an important, early blossoming species that is very useful to pollinators. Perhaps a species of Lonicera?
The wing buds are quite large now. This individual will likely become a full adult in the next week.
Dorsal view of another individual.
You can even see the metallic purple sheen on this individual.
There were at least 8 of these present on the south-facing slope of the gravel pit in our back forty. This is my first encounter with the species, but it has been recorded as relatively common in NB. I think the reason I have missed it for so long is that it is quite small (4-5 mm). Once I got my search image on, they started popping up all over the place ;) I also encountered several more the next day (May 1st)
They have been flying for about ten days in the park, but this is the first I managed to photograph.
Excavating a nest quite high up in the tree.
This individual was found a fair distance from the gravel pit where I usually find this species. It was on a Larch.
In the Basement of CKRO
They were mating.
My first of the year. Three individuals seen. Data pt for April in New Brunswick.
No idea. My moss ID skills are lacking.