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Australian Native Resin Bees
by Erica Siegel

Aussie Bee Homepage > New Native Bee Photos > Resin Bees

Erica Siegel captured these fabulous photos of an impressive black resin bee, Megachile (previously in genus Chalicodoma).

resin bee

Above: These large black native resin bees are impressive visitors to the garden!

a native bee collecting pollen

Above: Resin bees carry pollen back to their nests by packing it on arrays of stiff hair under their abdomens

a Megachile bee

Above: Resin bees nest in small narrow holes in timber. They seal the entrance to their nests with resin that they collect from trees.

Australian native bee

Above: Resin bees are solitary native bees -- each female builds a nest by herself

a native bee by Erica Siegel

Above: This resin bee appears to be almost playing hide and seek with the photographer!

Resin bee photo by Erica Siegel

Above: A native resin bee in a charming pose

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