|Toe-licking Anthophora terminalis - a sweat bee in the loose sense|
Anthophora (Clisodon) terminalis Cresson, 1869 aka the Tickler
|A Northern Hemisphere Sweat Bee - Halictus confusus Smith, 1853|
|Solitary caterpiilar-hunting wasp sharing an ankle with the Home Bug Gardener|
|Euodynerus leucomelas (de Saussure, 1855) - a sweat wasp?|
Some days I think I may be the potato chip of the insect world as a surprising diversity of bees, wasps, and bugs have landed on me with salt-lust rather than bloodlust in mind. One at a time, I find them interesting, but in numbers these insects can be annoying, especially if you can run, but not hide. For example, this description of a trip down a river in the Amazon: "As they moved through the silent forests, the men's only constant companions were the insects that thickened the air around them. Sweat bees tickled their mouths and eyes, piums [no-see-ums] hovered over them in thick clouds, and ants and termites regularly raided their camp and devoured their few belongings." (Millard, C. 2005. The River of Doubt, p. 248). Sounds like more than one interesting insect too many.