Examples of Nocturnal Bees

Yesterday, I posted about nocturnal (or night-flying) bees, but I was still excited about them today, so I decided to just show some examples of night flying bees from around the world.  Please note that these photographs are borrowed from the internet, so all the sources are linked in the captions.

It’s difficult to photograph these bees (which fly at night), so the photos are limited, but so interesting!

Megalopta genalis

Megalopta genalis, central Panama, a facultative eusocial bee, source

Apis dorsata is a facultative night flyer (it can fly during the night or during the day), source

Apis dorsata is a facultative night flyer (it can fly during the night or during the day), China, source Nicolas Vereecken

Sphecodogastra sp (Or Lasioglossum subgenus Sphecodogastra, it's a little unclear), nocturnal sweat bees, Arizona, Robert Pearson source

Sphecodogastra sp (Or Lasioglossum subgenus Sphecodogastra, it’s a little unclear), nocturnal sweat bees, Arizona, Robert Pearson source

Zikanapis tucumana, a nocturnal Colletid bee, source

Zikanapis tucumana, a nocturnal Colletid bee from Argentina, source Sarzetti et al 2013

Ptiloglossa tarsata, nocturnal Colletid bee, source

Ptiloglossa tarsata, nocturnal Colletid bee from Argentina, source Sarzetti et al 2013

Not sure about this species in particular, but the Perdita subgenus Xerophasma have been recorded as nocturnal or crepuscular, source

Not sure about this species in particular, but the Perdita subgenus Xerophasma have been recorded as nocturnal or crepuscular (Cockerell 1923), source

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