1448Bee collecting cactus spines?
- Apr 5 6:47 AMHi all,I was out recently to take pictures of bees in the open prickly pear cactus flowers, and noted a bee spending a lot of time around the spines. At first I thought it was a halictid due to its blue-green color, but after examining the photos, I am not so sure anymore. My next thought was Osmia, but am a little confused by the behavior. I know some bees will collect other plant parts for nesting, but I didn't think Osmia was one of those groups. I have attached a picture of this bee, and was wondering if someone might recognize it and/or explain the behavior. The picture was taken at the Arroyo Colorado birding center park in Harlingen, TX.Thanks,Chanda
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