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Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - female

Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - Female
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
June 27, 2007
Series - 2 bees leaving nest. 2nd bee appears to step on, bite, and then toss the first bee aside, as it takes off. 1st bee is stunned, briefly, then flies off. Image 1 of 5

I am curious: does anyone know what this behavior is about? Do these bees have social status? Are bees often aggressive to one another?

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Primitive sociality.
I believe that Agapostemon females nest communally, each female preparing her own nest cells underground, but all sharing a common burrow entrance.

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