A male Small Carpenter Bee in our garden at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Honey bees are not the only bee species that are significant for human wellbeing. Allodapula bees (small carpenter bees) are a group of native bee species that do not produce honey but are likely to be important pollinators of crops and wild plants. Females have a sting, but they are not aggressive and will only sting if handled. Allodapula bees nest in dead wood and live independently of others (i.e. they are solitary) or in small colonies. They are small and shiny and most Allodapula bee species have a dark head and thorax, and orange abdomen.
Bee species belonging to the genus Allodapula are known only from Africa. Allodapula is not a large bee genus with only 16 species described. Most Allodapula bee species collect nectar and pollen from a wide range of flowering crop species belonging to different plant families. (BioNET-EAFRINET)
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