Allodapula variegata

Allodapula variegata

These tiny bees nest in hollow plant stalks, where they clump their larvae together so they can feed from a common food mass.
Carpenter bee ) These tiny little bees (7mm) do not make honey but are great pollinators. Allodapula variegata,Bees,Carpenter bees,Geotagged,Macro,South Africa,hymenoptera,insects

Appearance

Black head and thorax with a brown abdomen. There is one yellow dorsal stripe medially on the head, with two additional yellow stripes found more laterally towards the eyes. A yellow stripe is present on the thorax.
What lies within Carpeter bee feeding from the nectar of a Forest bell Bush (Mackaya bella) Allodapula variegata,Geotagged,South Africa,Spring,bees,hymenoptera,insects,mackaya bella

Distribution

Found along from east-central Africa, including Tanzania and Zimbabwe, through South Africa.

References:

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderHymenoptera
FamilyApidae
GenusAllodapula
SpeciesAllodapula variegata
Photographed in
South Africa