2 Solitary Bees – the cleptoparasite and the hunted

 

I photographed a couple of bees in my garden a couple of days ago. Such bees are pretty difficult to identify so I may have misidentified them.


I think this is the Chocolate Mining Bee Andrena scotica


They excavate nests in soil where they lay their eggs


I think this is the Flavous Nomad Bee Nomada flava (a female)


And this is a male – they are kleptoparasites which means they lay their eggs in the nests of other bees – the grub then eats the egg or grub of the other bee and feeds on the nest’s food stores.

If my ID is correct the Flavous Nomad Bee parasitises the Chocolate Mining Bee.

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