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A little black bee???? - Melissodes bimaculatus - male

A little black bee???? - Melissodes bimaculatus - Male
River Canard (between LaSalle & Amherstburg), 1 km east of the Detroit River, near Windsor & approx 45 km from Pt Pelee Nat'l Pk, Essex, Ontario, Canada
July 25, 2013
Size: 1 cm
These little bees (I think) have a round, black body with quite long antennae and I've noticed a small cluster of them hanging on a nearly dead tomato leaf. It looks as though they have a whitish coloured pollen on their legs. If the branch is touched, they fall off appearing to be dead yet they are actually alive.


Moved from ID Request.

Long-horned Digger Bees
These are male Melissodes bimaculata. The females dig nests in the ground. Males aren't allowed in, so they sleep clustered together at night, usually on weeds. They seem to prefer your tomato plants! They are harmless.

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