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I like yellow A very hairy bee covered in nectar protects his yellow investment. I have identified it based on appearance, location, the month in which I captured it, and a side view photo that I have, but am still not 100% positive. Feel free to correct the ID if needed. Europe,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,Melitta nigricans,Netherlands,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

I like yellow

A very hairy bee covered in nectar protects his yellow investment. I have identified it based on appearance, location, the month in which I captured it, and a side view photo that I have, but am still not 100% positive. Feel free to correct the ID if needed.

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Melitta is a genus of bees in the family Melittidae. It includes about 40 species restricted to Africa and the northern temperate zone. Most of the species are Palaearctic, though three rare species occur in North America.

They are bees of moderate size, generally 8 to 15 mm long. They are commonly oligolectic, with narrow host plant preferences. They resemble bees of the genus Andrena, though with radically different mouthparts and a scopa limited to the hind tibia and basitarsus.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Sep 6, 2014. Captured Jul 12, 2014 16:11 in Nistelrodeseweg 24, 5384 PN Heesch, The Netherlands.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/10.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm