Davies Plasterer Bee

The Davies Plasterer Bee (Colletes daviesanus) is an insect in the Colletidae family of solitary, ground-nesting bees. It is also called the Davies Polyester Bee. 

The Davies Plasterer Bee has a slightly flattened, elongated body. It is black with pale-yellow bands, ending with a black tail segment. It has six legs, two pairs of wings, and three body parts: (1) head, (2) thorax, and (3) abdomen. Its wings are translucent (see-through). Its body has bristly hairs on its sides.

Davies Plasterer Bee

It measures up to 2 centimetres (one inch) long. 

It is native to the Northern Hemisphere. 

It is diurnal, active during the day. 

It eats pollen and nectar from flowers. It collects pollen from plants on its hind legs. It is a pollinator, but it does not make honey or honeycombs.

The Davies Plasterer Bee is solitary, and not social, and therefore it does not live in a community hive. It lives in cells in underground nests lined with cellophane-like plastic secretion, a polyester. 

The female lays eggs in cells in the nest. There are walls that separate the cells. These walls are composed of sawdust mixed with saliva.

Davies Plasterer Bee
Davies Plasterer Bee

[Location of photographs: Paris, France]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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