Hylaeus

walwyn Mon, 02/15/2010 - 23:41
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Hylaeus brevicornis
Hylaeus brevicornis (?)

 

Worldwide there are over 500 species of these wasp-like bees. They are generally hairless, black  with yellow-white faces small bees. They feed their larvae pollen, but being hairless cannot collect it in the normal manner, instead the female carries the pollen and nectar in her crop and regurgitates it into the cell into which she will lay an egg. Once the eggs are laid in each cell they are closed and the parent dies.

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