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One of the various wild bees inhabiting my garden. They seem to prefer the Helenium plants (H. autumnale) in the garden above any other flower. Over the years I've planted this flowers including many endemic plants/flowers in my garden specifically to attract various/many insects and specifically wild/solitary bees. I've also made sure there was some 'housing' ;-) This all seems to work well with over 40 bee - species active in the garden, bringing both live and color ;-) Female leafcutter bees collect pollen with the hairs on the abdomen, which in this specimen is orange colored. They are rather fast flying bees and cut out pieces of leaves (they prefer roses for this) to "decorate" the inside of their nests.
Spotted on Aug 13, 2015
Submitted on Aug 13, 2015
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