Cellophane bee nests


I’ve posted about the Cellophane bees before.


Photographing the first Cellophane bees (Colletes inaequalis) to emerge in spring has become one of my favourite end-of-winter traditions.


They nest in the ground (like the squash bees, the Agapostemon bees, and most other solitary bee species), so you can dig to get to the nest cell. This year, a friend who studies the chemistry of bee provisions, enlisted some help in digging up a couple of Cellophane Bee nests.


The female bees are looking a little tired this time of year.


Cellophane bees make a special, plasticky substance that protects their nest cell from dehydration and fungal attack.


You can pull the nest cell out of the ground like a convenient ziploc baggie.


My creepy giant fingers for scale.



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