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Coelioxys: cuckoo bees with weapons

It may surprise you that up to 20% of all bees in North America are cleptoparasites, stealing provisions by laying their eggs on the pollen collected by other bees. According to Bees of the World by Christopher O’Toole and Anthony Raw, the worldwide count of cuckoo species is somewhere around 3700. That means a whole […] Read more

Bicolored pollen pellets on a bumble bee

Yesterday, I saw this bumble bee foraging on a self-heal flower, Prunella vulgaris. The thing that stands out is the bicolored pollen pellets, orange fading into white. Although you can see bicolored pollen pellets frequently on bumble bees, you almost never see them on honey bees. Honey bees have very strong floral fidelity, which means […] Read more

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