bonitin's Brazilian Bugs forum: Bees and Wasps (2013-2014)

 
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Nov 18, 2014 3:30 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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Orchid Bee - Eulema marcii or Eulema pseudocingulata
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Imagebonitin
Nov 18, 2014 3:33 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
2.
Acanthopus excellens possibly..
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/14979175935
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Nov 18, 2014 3:53 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
3.
A very big one with odd behaviour, they would kind of jump in the air, very hard to approach and there was a blasting sun in an open grass field, that made my pics badly over-exposed..
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Imagebonitin
Nov 21, 2014 1:15 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
4.
Very friendly curious and fearless little bees who are not only interested in flowers, they sometimes came sitting on my hand or arm, on the table licking up something invisible, the thermos with my chicory brew etc... Hilarious!
Stingless Bee - Meliponini
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Collecting wet clay for its nest..
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Imagebonitin
Nov 21, 2014 1:30 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
5.
While I was looking at a small plant close to the ground, suddenly a bee appeared carrying a leaf cutting and dragging it into a small hole in the ground, then flew off to reappear with the next leaf piece only a couple of minutes later, I decided to stay to observe it longer and after about a quarter of an hour later it used its last leaf cutting to neatly close off the hole, it had finished its job as I didn't see it again after that.
Megachile bee
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Imagebonitin
Nov 21, 2014 1:37 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
6.
probably another Megachile bee..
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Nov 21, 2014 1:40 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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Imagebonitin
Nov 21, 2014 1:45 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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Mutillidae.
A restless fast running colourful wasp rushing about on the boulders of the river, very hard to get it!
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Imagebonitin
Nov 21, 2014 2:05 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
9.
A rather big bee attracted by the light at night.
Exomalopsis sp. possibly..
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Imagebonitin
Nov 21, 2014 2:21 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
10.
Tiny wood nesting bees who used a crevice in one of the supporting trunks of the house..
In the last shot one is carrying something out of the nest..
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Imagebonitin
Nov 22, 2014 2:44 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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I’ve spend many hours with these sweet little bees so assiduous working non-stop on their beautiful lace ‘horn castle’. I have seen it growing as I went back during several days, a nice opportunity too for trying out the video function on my camera. There were obstacles though, you had to get very steady what wasn't evident on a steep slope and to capture the constant flying in-and out in a frantic speed of these miniature creatures, a special high frame video camera would have given better results..

It was clear that everyone in the community had its specific task, some brought in white 'wax' taken over by the construction - embroidery workers meticulously applying it on the lacy horn. Then again others were taking out chunks of a brownish sticky looking stuff.
In front of the entrance there was a group that were just hovering up and down and back and forth, maybe they had the task of patrolling??

Tetagonisca angustula
Lovey dubby
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Nov 22, 2014 9:08 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
12.
A wasp collecting mud..
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Nov 22, 2014 9:17 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
13.
Wasp nests can be very huge..

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The preparations starting a new one..
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Nov 22, 2014 9:19 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
14.
Another type of wasp nests.
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Nov 22, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
15.
Not sure if this is a wasp nest, it was deserted.
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Imagebonitin
Nov 22, 2014 9:23 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
16.
Nest-building on a leaf..
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Nov 22, 2014 9:27 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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Nov 22, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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Nov 22, 2014 9:29 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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Nov 22, 2014 9:31 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
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Mischocyttarus sp.
Very sweet looking..
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