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Bee Collecting Nectar & Pollen
There are almost 20,000 documented species of bees in the world. 4,000 of those are native to the United States, with around 500 found in Ohio. Bees are located on every continent on earth, except for Antarctica.
Check out this beautiful female bi-colored green sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens) collecting nectar and pollen from these St. John’s Wort flowers. You can see the pollen she’s gathered so far on her rear legs. This pollen, in addition to nectar, will be stored when she lays her eggs in underground tunnels.
Did you know that not all bees and wasps are black and yellow? They can come in different colors, depending on their species, such as green, blue, red, and orange. Have you ever seen a bee or wasp in these color before?
Check out the Common Bees and Wasps of Ohio field guide by ODNR.
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