Plasterer and yellowfaced bees

These solitary bees are slender to fairly robust, and most are very dark or black. The body hairs arc pale golden or white, and the abdominal hairs often form bands.

• LIFIC (CYCI E Plasterer bees dig burrows in soil, waterproofing the cells with a special abdominal secretion. Yellow-faced bees nest in hollow plant stems and the burrows of wood-boring insects. Each larval cell is supplied with regurgitated pollen and nectar.

• Occurrence Worldwide, especially in the Southern Hemisphere. Often on flowers.

• REMARK Plasterer bees carry pollen on their hindlegs, while yellow-faced bees carry it in a special pouch known as a crop.

I .ARVAK arc-variable but are generally curved and maggotlike.

heart-shaped fare rot!spit units fringes of white hairs on • abdominal segments heart-shaped fare

long white hairs on f

A Hy/aeoides c0nc1nna is a yellow-faced bee with a distinct, but reddish, facial mark.

long white hairs on f

I .ARVAK arc-variable but are generally curved and maggotlike.

rot!spit units fringes of white hairs on • abdominal segments

< COEEETES DA VIES AN I IS is a plasterer bee, native to Europe. It makes its nest in the vertical faces of sandv cliffs.

A Hy/aeoides c0nc1nna is a yellow-faced bee with a distinct, but reddish, facial mark.

< COEEETES DA VIES AN I IS is a plasterer bee, native to Europe. It makes its nest in the vertical faces of sandv cliffs.

Length i/8_y4jn (0.3-1.8cm), most under '/¿in (1.3cm)

Larval feeding habits

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Family dryINIDAK

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