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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)

Camera: CanonEOS 500D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

My husband and I live in Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We both love nature, and therefore most of my subjects are the incredible wealth of fauna and flora in Southern Africa. I also write poetry in Afrikaans (one of the eleven official languages in South Africa) and often combine these poems with the photos I’ve taken. Thank you for stopping by!

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