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______________________________________________________ Hymenoptera 33 Red Mason Bees

 

 

 

 

 

RED MASON BEE Osmia bicornis

 

 

RED MASON BEE Osmia bicornis (m)

 

 

RED MASON BEE Osmia bicornis (m)

 

 

RED MASON BEE Osmia bicornis (f)

 

 

RED MASON BEE Osmia bicornis

 

 

RED MASON BEE Osmia bicornis

 

 

RED MASON BEE Osmia bicornis (f)

 

 

         The two facial projections from which the (current) specific name of the Red Mason Bee Osmia bicornis has been derived are only clearly visible in the fourth and final photographs of females. The appearance of this peripatetic and rather common solitary bee can vary considerably with age and the insect in the final photograph is rather worn. The antennae of the males are longer than those of the females and the latter are comparatively robust.

 

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