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3rd attempt: Bees nesting in sand (sorry!)

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  • BetsyKlinger
    This time, in addition to a second attempt to attach 3 photos directly, I am including the address of a Flickr album I created at the address below:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 22, 2013
    This time, in addition to a second attempt to attach 3 photos directly, I am including the address of a Flickr album I created at the address below: 

    http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8136/8784273377_82e3b69467_s.jpg
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    I'm hoping someone can identify this bee or suggest possibilities.  Excuse my terrible photography.  

    - Slightly smaller than a honeybee and more slender.
    - Nesting in holes in the sand next to Maple Lake, a spring-fed swimming hole in Washington Grove (Montgomery County, MD)
    - Perhaps 100 + nests are scattered in about 50 square feet along the edges of white sand beach where sand and lawn blend.
    - Nests each have a hole that is about 1/2 in diameter, with a mound of sand around it.
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    Lots of hovering around the holes.

    (Also, this little beach is the children's play area next to our swimming hole where the town children get free swim lessons every afternoon in July.  Although the bees are not at all aggressive, the past two summers a few children have experienced stings after stepping on them. Info on environmental benefits would be helpful in persuading the powers that be not to kill them and simply to tape the area off so children won't run across it. )

    Betsy Klinger

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