An Uncommon Bee

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad-Happenings in the insect world) May 21, 2012 

Sometimes you get lucky.

While watching floral visitors foraging last week in our rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora), we noticed a tiny black bee, something we'd never seen before.

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at the UC Davis Department of Entomology, identified it as a female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, "which has an all-black...

Photo by: Kathy Keatley Garvey

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