WASP MIMIC BEES
The Wasp Mimic Bee
by Anne Dollin, Aussie Bee
The Australian native Wasp Mimic Bee, Hyleoides concinna, has the orange and black colouring of a wasp to help protect it from predators. However, it is a true solitary Australian native bee. It weaves an amazing curtain over its nest entrance from cellophane-like material that it secretes in a gland near its tongue.
This video shows a Wasp Mimic Bee:
-- peeping out her nest entrance from behind the protection of her nest entrance curtain.
-- building part of her nest entrance curtain with strands of cellophane-like material.
-- returning home from a foraging trip and slipping through the elastic strands of her nest entrance curtain.