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Masked Bees

by Erica Siegel

This video, kindly contributed by Erica Siegel of Queensland, shows two slender Australian masked bees bustling around a flower.

Masked bees are solitary bees in the family Colletidae. These ones are black with bright yellow markings on the face and thorax. They are called 'masked bees' because of the yellow patches on their faces.

Most bees carry the pollen that they collect for their young on thick hairy patches on their legs or bodies. However, masked bees are nearly hairless and they carry the pollen that they collect by swallowing it.

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