Oil collecting bees

Bees of the genus Macropis are special because they collect oils, specifically from the plant genus LysimachiaMacropis bees are very rare and localized (because they are specialists that depend on a small number of plants).  And they are unique to my blog because I haven’t posted any photos of Melittid bees before (although I did post about a very special African melittid, Rediviva in Legs for Miles).

This is what their nesting habitat looks like:

IMG_6095 IMG_6097And this is what Lysimachia ciliata looks like:

IMG_6261 IMG_6262And this is what Macropis ciliata looks like:

Digging around in her nest, with pollen and oil mixed on her leg

Digging around in her nest, with pollen and oil mixed on her leg

IMG_6089IMG_6103 IMG_6109IMG_6166A very cute bee, but tough to photograph!

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13 thoughts on “Oil collecting bees

  1. Let me get this straight…You have a full time job and then some, you train and take part in a Half Ironman Triathlon, AND you have time to take pictures of fast moving bees and write a blog about them…Do you sleep?

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