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____________________________________________________________ Hymenoptera 32 Red-tailed Mason Bees

 

 

 

 

 

RED-TAILED MASON BEE Osmia bicolor (f)

 

 

RED-TAILED MASON BEE Osmia bicolor (f)

 

 

RED-TAILED MASON BEE Osmia bicolor (f)

 

         Red-tailed Mason Bees Osmia bicolor are fascinating insects to observe. The females construct their nests inside empty snail shells that they subsequently camouflage with small stems. These are collected and then flown back to the selected shells so if a twig appears to be flying there is every likelihood that it will have one of these little bees propelling it! Their compound eyes merit close examination as they are beautifully patterned.

 

 

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