Cellophane Bees

Posted Wednesday May 6, 2020

 “Cellophane Bees” are among the first bees out in the spring.   Unlike our non-native honeybees, these native bees are solitary nesters; they do not live in a hive.  The females find or dig burrows in the ground where they create brood cells for their eggs.   They exude a substance from an abdominal gland that seals off the brood cells, just like cellophane.  The “cellophane” keeps water out of the brood cells, allowing these bees to nest where the water table is high.    The bees in this video are engaging in behavior that the entomologists we’ve consulted cannot explain.   When it comes to nature, there’s so much still to learn!  --McDowell Creek, Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, March 27, 2020.


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