Tickle bees are emerging at Buhr Park thgis weekend. Look in sandy places for holes (about pencil-diameter) and mounds of soil. The stingless male bees may be buzzing around about 8 -12 inches above the ground.
These are ground-nesting bees of genus Andrena or genus Colletes. The
eggs hatch in early Spring, and the new adults dig their way to the
surface. The males fly around looking for partners. They eat nectar from
violets and other plants that bloom very early. They are a sure sign
that Spring is here.
The Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow Project created and supports a group of wet meadow ecosystems in Ann Arbor's Buhr Park. The wet meadows provide a habitat for native plants and animals, an attractive educational site for children, neighbors and other visitors, and an environmental filter for stormwater runoff from the park grounds. More about the Wet Meadow Project...