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Mining Bee

Observed: 15th April 2012 By: ranon.2011ranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebrates
15.04.2012 Mining Bee (15)
15.04.2012 Mining Bee (16)
Description:

It was what the bee was doing that was of more interest than the bee itself. It moved from a Dandelion flower to a stalk and proceeded to rub off the pollen that it had accumulated onto the stalk; as can be seen in Mining Bee [16]. Then it climbed back to the Dandelion flower. Any explanation for this behaviour?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

ranon.2011's picture

Thanks for the full ID, any

Thanks for the full ID, any idea why it rubbed off the pollen that it had collected?

chrisbrooks's picture

Pollen

No sorry, I'm quite new to these fascinating bees, hopefully an expert from BWARS can answer your question.