Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

Hope you found your way over here from Scienceblogs for the answer you’ve all been waiting for.

What was that sleek little black and yellow insect?

Commentator JasonC, in fine form, correctly guessed the colletid bee Hylaeus for all ten points. Here’s another view:

Hylaeus sp.

I’d also like to thank the commentariat for the excellent discussion about how these mysteries should be graded. Should guessers list their rationale for arriving at the answer, as GrrlScientist does for her mystery birds? I’ll have to mull that over.

11 thoughts on “Answer to the Monday Night Mystery”

  1. James C. Trager

    Hylaeus are interesting in that they carry pollen internally, rather than on external structures. Still, it seems more likely a soldier beetle or baby tettigoniid or ?? would have done that sort of extensive chewing on the anthers.

  2. I fully understand your original migration to Scienceblogs…. but I have to admit it is great to see some posts back over here again! The advertising at SB is a little irritating – i constantly feel pressure to try and ‘Get ripped in only 4 weeks’!

    I also would have been searching the wasps looking for this chap! And regarding the comments on possible changes for your quizzes.. for what it’s worth my favourite ones have been the more obscure, where everyone has a few random guesses (the egg cases and foot micrograph were great!).

  3. Are you going to be back at scienceblogs now that the Pepsi controversy has some resolution? I want to know whether to update my RSS reader 🙂 Love the blog.

    1. I’m thinking it over, but may take a few more days to decide.

      As you might imagine there are more issues at scienceblogs than just the Pepsi incident. Now that Scienceblogs is faced with a large exodus I am waiting for Seed’s response to some of the other issues before deciding where to park the blog.

  4. Hm. Turns out that failure to delete reader feeds is a good thing: I didn’t have to change anything for this to pop up in my reader. 🙂

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