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Check out this unique slow motion video of a bee flying. Although the title says it is a bumble bee, it is actually a carpenter bee. Also, if an ad pops up the first time you view, simply close it and it shouldn't show again.

Isn't that incredible? Bees actually have four wings, but their wings hook together in flight, giving the appearance of only having 2. When the carpenter bee starts to turn, notice its wings separate on the right side.

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Bug of the week this week shows what you can discover if you only look.

I started out looking at some old agave flower stalks we had saved in the back yard. (It is a cloudy day today, so some of the photographs turned out a bit dark.)

agave flower stalk

Then I noticed a hole under one of the branches.

carpenter bee entrance hole

It an entrance hole. Inside is where a female carpenter bee had made her nest. I knew the bees were long gone and I was curious so I peeked inside.

carpenter bee nest

It was surprisingly clean inside, although you can see the brown marks where the nest chambers had been.

carpenter bee nest

More tunnels.

The female carpenter bee that excavated these tunnels might have looked like this one from a photograph I took earlier this year:

carpenter bee

Carpenter bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers to make into a mixture called beebread. The female bee places the beebread within the chambers within the agave stalk and then lays an egg on it. The bee grub hatches and feeds on the beebread within the protected nest.

Now the chambers are home to some other insects, however.

While I was taking photographs I noticed this caterpillar.

caterpillar

It looks a bit strange because it is nearly ready to pupate. I found two pupae nearby.

pupa

I am not sure what kind of moth it is.

When I was looking at the photos I noticed another insect, too. Can you spot it in front of the caterpillar?

pink caterpillar

Here is a closer look.

book louse

This tiny little insect is called a psocopteran, or more commonly a barklouse. You don't see them very often because they are small, and spend much of the time in cracks and crevices of bark, or under rocks in the soil.

Isn't it amazing what you can find with just a few minutes and a camera?