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Feb 14, 2018 20:11 |  #17941

Does this insect build nests out of chewed mud?


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Feb 14, 2018 20:14 |  #17942

Nogo wrote in post #18564023 (external link)
Does this insect build nests out of chewed mud?

I believe mud is involved in its provision for its offspring, but the bee is more closely associated with another building material.

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Feb 14, 2018 21:07 |  #17943

OhLook wrote in post #18564026 (external link)
I believe mud is involved in its provision for its offspring, but the bee is more closely associated with another building material.

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Mining bee? Please don’t tell me that there are dung bees!
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Feb 14, 2018 21:13 |  #17944

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Mining bee? Please don’t tell me that there are dung bees!
(https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=18550743)

Not a mining bee, either. I don't think there are dung bees, but mud is used.

You've come as far as Megachilidae. There aren't many kinds left.


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Feb 14, 2018 21:20 |  #17945

Mud dauber?


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Feb 14, 2018 21:20 |  #17946

OhLook wrote in post #18564051 (external link)
Not a mining bee, either. I don't think there are dung bees, but mud is used.

You've come as far as Megachilidae. There aren't many kinds left.

Well I guess that leaves the leaf-cutters? If so, I have only ever seen the damage they do and not the nests.


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Feb 14, 2018 21:36 |  #17947

CameraMan wrote in post #18564053 (external link)
Mud dauber?

Sorry, those are wasps.

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Well I guess that leaves the leaf-cutters? If so, I have only ever seen the damage they do and not the nests.

Right! Here's the whole thing, 13 mm long.


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It's a capsule that originally contained an egg of a Western leafcutter bee, Megachile perihirta, with the leaf circles peeled off. These bees make nests underground, containing a row of several capsules. Some creature, probably a skunk, disturbed a newly made nest at night. I salvaged four capsules that might contain viable eggs and buried them in a pan of soil in a terrarium. Two adults hatched from other capsules. I don't know whether the egg in this one developed at all. The surface appears to be dried mud with fine fibers across it. I think the fibers are probably hairs from the mother bee's body. These are very hairy bees. This is one of the adults:
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Congratulations, Ed. What's next?

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Feb 14, 2018 21:42 |  #17948

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Sorry, those are wasps.
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It's a capsule that originally contained an egg of a Western leafcutter bee, Megachile perihirta, with the leaf circles peeled off. These bees make nests underground, containing a row of several capsules. Some creature, probably a skunk, disturbed a newly made nest at night. I salvaged four capsules that might contain viable eggs and buried them in a pan of soil in a terrarium. Two adults hatched from other capsules. I don't know whether the egg in this one developed at all. The surface appears to be dried mud with fine fibers across it. I think the fibers are probably hairs from the mother bee's body. These are very hairy bees. This is one of the adults:

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Congratulations, Ed. What's next?

They are really nice bees. Will post when I get up!


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Feb 15, 2018 00:03 as a reply to  @ ECC233's post |  #17949

Let's give this one a try


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Feb 15, 2018 00:06 |  #17950

Is it also an insect?  :p I'm out this round. The EXIF contains the name of the insect in the keywords. I was honestly just looking to see what lens you took this macro with. LOL On second thought, maybe I will make obscure references to the movie starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Michelle Burke


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Feb 15, 2018 00:50 |  #17951

I can't get past seeing a woman's head, torso, and arms.


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Feb 15, 2018 00:51 |  #17952

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I can't get past seeing a woman's head, torso, and arms.

I can not now unsee that also.


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Feb 15, 2018 01:11 |  #17953

A ball point pen?


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Feb 15, 2018 01:25 |  #17954

Nogo wrote in post #18564120 (external link)
Is it also an insect?  :p I'm out this round. The EXIF contains the name of the insect in the keywords. I was honestly just looking to see what lens you took this macro with. LOL On second thought, maybe I will make obscure references to the movie starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Michelle Burke

Yes ... that is the easy part!


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Feb 15, 2018 01:26 |  #17955

OhLook wrote in post #18564132 (external link)
I can't get past seeing a woman's head, torso, and arms.

Well, that is a very interesting observation that we might have to return to. I guess there is no question here?


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