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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
Image 3 of 5. It's hard to tell if bee 2 is actually biting bee 1's wings, or if it just looks like that.

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

Bees.
The second bee is the "guard," and is apparently letting the other bee out of the burrow. I think the wings of the first bee are simply brushing under the "chin" of the guard bee.

 
Thanks!
I've watched the bees coming and going quite a bit. Often, a bee who is behind, in the entrance passage, will appear to walk over the bee in front...Interesting behaviors. When they return with pollen, they quite often go down one entrance and several seconds later, come up again and go down the next entrance - as if they don't know quite where their cell is located.

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