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Unknown Bee

Description:

Anthopora?

Habitat:

One of several spotted in my garden buzzing around my nimnam plant (Shouwia purpurea).

Notes:

"Sinai is one of the very few places in the world (and it may be unique) where no social bees of any kind occur naturally, only solitary bees. Recently hives of domesticated social honeybees have been brought in from Egypt, and scientists are worried about their impact on the wild bees, and hence on the efficiency with which native plants are pollinated. [As] many of the plants are dependent on their pollination services for reproduction." ~ Gardens of a Sacred Landscape, Zalat and Gilbert


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2 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

So did I! I had no idea there were solitary bees until I read that book. Fascinating nature, as usual. :-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

I thought bees were all social. Thanks for that information!

Bernadette S
Spotted by
Bernadette S

Egypt

Lat: 28.51, Long: 34.51

Spotted on Feb 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 19, 2012

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