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Hourglass bees

What looks like an hourglass-shaped paint splotch on the thorax of some bees is actually pollen. In the past I often saw these stripes—usually in yellow—and wondered what they were. The bees look like they squeezed through someone’s freshly painted woodenware. But according to Rosanna Mattingly in her fascinating book, Honey-Maker, the design occurs when […] Read more