So it turns out getting your Masters isn’t ALL running around outside, and now that I finally have material it’s time to get going on my lab work. Now, the first step of working with nest cells is to clean them (soak in water to loosen soil and gently scrape away dirt/pollen with forceps), and after several pollen-filled hours I was the proud care-taker of 39 beautiful nest cell linings. Let me introduce some of the stand outs to you:
Aren’t they just amazing? I’ll now leave you to ponder the wonders of the bee world while I ponder what to do next with these guys. Cheers!