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Taken in my fire pit, in my back yard in Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS. Do you really think that I could relax without the camera…lol


Digger Bee
Digger Bee, common name for a group of robust, fast-flying, ground-nesting bees with velvety fur. These bees live throughout the world. There are several thousand species, more than 900 of which occur in the United States and Canada. Digger bees visit a wide variety of flowers and are important in pollination. They are also called longhorned bees due to the exceptionally long antennae of the males.

Digger bees range from the size of a honey bee to as large as a bumble bee. These bees mostly nest in the ground and line their brood cells (compartments for offspring) with a waxlike secretion. In some species, the females construct a characteristic turret, a chimneylike extension of the nest entrance. Other digger bees nest in wood and some are parasites of other bees. Parasitic digger bees do not construct nests.

Digger bees display very interesting nesting and foraging behavior. Many species nest in dense aggregations, and swarms of males cruise around the nesting sites searching for emerging females. In one species, the males can detect the females in the ground before they emerge. These males dig a hole into the ground where the female will emerge and then await her arrival. Other males attempt to take over and fights ensue. The largest bee usually wins.

A species of digger bee called the southeastern blueberry bee specializes on blueberry plants in its pollen-collecting. It is more efficient at pollinating these plants than honey bees or bumble bees. Another species, the pallid bee, puts on spectacular displays of mating behavior in the spring around nests in desert washes in Arizona. The Pacific sand dune bee is a digger bee that nests in coastal sand dunes in California, Oregon, and Washington. The females dig nests 0.9 m (3 ft) deep in compacted dune sand.

Scientific classification: The digger bees comprise the subfamily Anthophorinae, family Anthophoridae, order Hymenoptera. The southeastern blueberry bee is Habropoda laboriosa, the Pacific sand dune bee is Habropoda miserabilis, and the pallid bee is Centris pallida.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant timing Kimberly – not only got him in flight but that shadow is amazing too!

  • Well he was a loud little thing, and I figured if he wasn’t going to go away I might as well photograph him digging into my fire pit. Though he won’t be happy next time we light Thank you Krys!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Well captured!

  • Thank you Trish, I was too pleased!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfalmost 4 years ago

    Very cool capture, well frozen, nice one Kimberley

  • Thanks darlin, I appreciate that a lot!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    What a shot! I had to look at it for a few seconds before it really resolved itself.

  • A bit different I will admit, but sometimes different is good….sometimes. Thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent action shot Kimberly, the shadow just gives it another dimension, congrats!!

  • Thank you so much darlin, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunteralmost 4 years ago

    What an awesome capture Kimberly!

  • Thank you so much Ma’am! That is what happens when I am relaxing!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 4 years ago

    Great shot of this one in flight, including his shadow!

  • Thank you darlin, I appreciate that and the time you took to view my world!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot, I have had the same sort but his stripes are quite blue in the right sunlight, so hard to get a shot, they are so fast moving, never keep still, I can appreciate this shot! :O)

  • I was lucky that I was sitting across from the spot he chose to dig a hole. Usually I have camera in hand ( hubby thinks I should have it surgically removed like most of us ) and couldn’t resist trying….Thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much! My first in this group! I am thrilled to be among the chosen!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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