It's that time of year -the males live for about two weeks, and the females between six and eight weeks. I know I've been posting Mason bees lately, but if I don't shoot them now then I won't shoot them at all.
The latest Mason Bee to hatch from last year's nesting season, photographed while she was trying to get her metabolism going. Looks intimidating with those mandibles, but they are actually very docile.
Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 2x to 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount). These are single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I think there are two distinct species of Mason Bees in my yard (differences in the female's mandibles and the male's eyes) but I have not been able to get a definite ID on them. I think that this is a Red Mason bee but I could easily be wrong.