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Bees that live in underground tunnels - Andrena accepta

Bees that live in underground tunnels - Andrena accepta
Baton Rouge, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
October 10, 2016
Bees the size of "honey" bees and resemble them.
Live in (or use for some purpose) tunnels in the ground.
Some tunnels were freshly excavated and resembled ant hills with a donut of sand granules surrounding the hole.
Some of the bees had a lot of bright yellow coloring that was probably pollen (?).
Bright yellow markings on the face resembled eyes peering out of the holes.
Watched as many as 4 bees poured of the same hole, one right after the other.
Found as many as 20 holes and there were probably more.

John

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In Meadow of Sunflowers
After reading a bit about these bees, I thought it might be worth mentioning that the tunnels are in a mowed path in a meadow that is currently full of sunflowers.
The species of sunflower seems to be Helianthus simulans, which is quite closely related to Helianthus angustifolius.
Tomorrow I will try to get a picture of one of these bees at the sunflowers.

John

 
Andrena accepta at Sunflower
Got a picture - see it here:

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