Subject: Bee with Huge Mandibles
Location: Courtice, ontario CANADA
August 12, 2015 7:54 am
Found another type of Bee. This one I have no idea but it was so fuzzy like a teddy bear, really cute until it woke up and it has huge mandibles. Kind of scary but so beautiful.
Seems to be alot of different types of Bees living near this Arena (courtice), Courtice , Ontario off of Prestonvale road.
As usual, your images are stunning. We are having difficulty identifying your Bee in the limited time we have this morning, so we have put our energy into creating a posting. We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he can assist in the identification and meanwhile our readership may weigh in with comments.
Knowing us, we decided to give it one more try this morning. The golden color and very furry front legs are interesting features, and we believe we found a matching image on the News Today blog where a similar image is identified as Megachile melanophaea and the following information is provided: “HE MAY look soft and furry – but don’t be fooled. ‘Out of all the species of bees that I’ve photographed during this project, this little guy was the only one that actually looked up at me and bared its mandibles,’ says photographer Clay Bolt. … Female leafcutter bees chew small circles from the edge of leaves, and use these to form tubular cells. Into each tube, she deposits a ball of pollen and an egg. The larva will feed on the pollen when it hatches. And the flamboyant gold leg manes? “Some males in this group have very furry front legs, which are used to cover the eyes of females during mating,” says Bolt. He speculates that this is to stop the females being distracted by other males during copulation.” BugGuide indicates you live in the range of the Broad Banded Leafcutter Bee.
Eric Eaton Provides Input
Wow, spectacular images! All I know is that it is a MALE Megachile sp. I’ll leave it to John Ascher to determine what subgenus or whatever. Males of some megachilids have those “fluffy” front legs.