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____________________________________________ Hymenoptera 6 Gold-fringed Mason Bees

 

 

 

 

                  GOLD-FRINGED MASON BEES Osmia aurulenta (m, f)

 

 

                  GOLD-FRINGED MASON BEES Osmia aurulenta (m)

 

 

        The uncommon and very attractive Gold-fringed Mason Bee Osmia aurulenta nests in vacant snail shells. This bee is sexually dimorphic and very nicely marked when fresh. The shells are covered with small twigs or leaves in order to camouflage them from predators. These photographs were taken on the Kent coast, one of the strongholds of this species.

        The biology of these bees and many other species has been described in detail in David Baldock's 'Bees of Surrey', a book which will be of value to hymenopterists throughout the UK and possibly in northern Europe. This book was published in the autumn of 2008 and there are distribution maps for Surrey (VC17) and also numerous colour photographs.

 

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