Episode 50: Ground Bees and Snow Fleas


Insects are one of our favorite things to talk about. We are particularly interested in what insects are up to during the winter. Casey explores the lives of ground nesting bees. This time of year, eggs laid in the winter are hatching and preparing to emerge later in the spring.

ground nesting bee (via wikimedia commons)

If you have been out and about in the snow and come across little black specks crawling and hopping around, chances are you’ve encountered snow fleas. Not technically insects, these tiny arthropods are members of a group of organisms called springtails. Daniel gives a brief overview of their life in the subnivean zone.

snow flea (Hypogastrura nivicola)

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This episode aired on Radio Boise in February 2019 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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