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The Megachilidae are a cosmopolitan family of (mostly) solitary bees whose pollen-carrying structure (called a scopa) is restricted to the ventral surface of the abdomen (rather than mostly or exclusively on the hind legs as in other bee families). Megachilid genera are most commonly known as mason bees and leafcutter bees, reflecting the materials they build their nest cells from (soil or leaves, respectively); a few collect plant or animal hairs and fibers, and are called carder bees. All species feed on nectar and pollen, but a few are cleptoparasites (informally called “cuckoo bees”), feeding on pollen collected by other megachilid bees. Parasitic species do not possess a scopa. The brightly colored scopa leads to a colloquial name used occasionally in North America – “Jelly-belly bees.” Megachilid bees are among the world’s most efficient pollinators because of their energetic swimming-like motion in the reproductive structures of flowers, which moves pollen, as needed for pollination. Ironically, one of the reasons they are efficient pollinators is their frequency of visits to plants, but this is because they are extremely inefficient at gathering pollen; compared to all other bee families, megachilids require on average nearly ten times as many trips to flowers to gather sufficient resources to provision a single brood cell.
North America has many native megachilid species, but Alfalfa leafcutter bees (Megachile rotundata) are an imported species used for pollination. The most significant native species is Osmia lignaria (the “Orchard Mason Bee” or “Blue Orchard Bee”), which is sold commercially for use in orchard crop pollination, and which can be attracted to nest in wooden blocks with holes drilled in them (which are also sold commercially for this purpose). (wiki)

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  • Jonah Gautier
    Jonah Gautierover 6 years ago

    Simply wonderful!

  • Thank you : )

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  • babybird1937
    babybird1937over 6 years ago

    AWSOME SHOT…..beautiful!!!

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    that shot is absolutely incredible, i love it!

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  • geetwee
    geetweeover 6 years ago

    Great shot with wonderful details. What camera/lens did you use?

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  • I use olympus w/ zuiko lenses -Thank you so much : )

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  • Robert Goulet
    Robert Gouletover 6 years ago

    Amazing. With all that fur he looks ready for winter;)

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  • Jeannette Sheehy
    Jeannette Sheehyover 6 years ago

    this is fantastical!!! :) :)

  • Thank you ever so J Sheehy : )

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  • eXposure
    eXposureover 6 years ago

    superb macro …
    a very cute bee

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  • North0f40
    North0f40over 6 years ago

    Nice point of view….. And very cool shot

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  • Retta
    Rettaover 6 years ago

    This is simply stunning…what a shot !!!!!

  • thank you so much Reta : )

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  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 6 years ago

    wow what wonderful macro, should call it blondie..hehe :) k

  • Thank you Kristina .. I like “Blondie” that’s cute .. My friends refer to him as “Billy Idol Bee” too : )

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