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Mining Bee 1 - Colletes inaequalis - female

Mining Bee 1 - Colletes inaequalis - Female
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
April 20, 2008
These mining bees nest in colonies in the ground around the bases of Norway maple trees in a grassy area of Cobbs Hill Park. They emerge in April around the time that the trees flower, and I suspect that this might be a significant association. They also forage in the flowers. Photo #1 shows one part way out of its burrow. They were in almost constant motion, so I despaired of getting a clear picture. However, I stumbled on some interesting behavior that enabled me to get clear photos. I observed one female being repeatedly attacked and possibly stung by at least one other. The victim seemed stunned and almost immobile. This immobility enabled me to get some clear photos (#s 2 , 3 ). Photo #4 shows a pair mating. The smaller one on top is presumably the male. Photo #5 shows a female foraging in a maple flower. Although I was surrounded by the bees and even kneeled among them, they showed no inclination to sting me. Since Norway maples are an introduced species, I wonder if the bee is also an introduced species.

It would be nice if you added links so we know what you are talking about when you mention the other photos.
I also poke my nose around the nests of solitary bees and they are not interested in stinging, there isn't much to fear.

Re: Links?
Originally, the photos were linked because taken together, they tell a story. Apparently, someone else unlinked them on the grounds that not all of the photos were the same individual. I have now added links to the other photos in the series.

This is the way to link them if they are not the same specimen, more laborious but leaves no room for misunderstanding.
Thanks, it really tells the story very nicely.

Colletes inaequalis
native bee

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