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 Post subject: Insect: Mopane bee
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:05 am 
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On the Nyalaland Wilderness trail the guide described this nest in the trunk of a tree , but I forget exactly what makes it .

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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Not a communial wasp of sorts?

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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I think it is most probably the nest of a type of solitary bee. They often make those types of funnels. Sometimes they use soil, others use the resin of trees.

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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I was thinking of the Mopane bee/wasp(can't remeber), but as mentioned, I've only seen them using the resin. The sand is throwing me off :D

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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Tks Imberbe , that refreshed my memory to degree .
Can someone expand on this ?

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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Thanks Rusty Justy!! :clap:

My thoughts were in the same line!!
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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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Most bees are not social animals like the well known honeybee. They live solitary lives. All of them do construct nests, some use the holes of wood borers, some make clay nests and others dig tunnels in the earth. They all provide food supplies for their young in these nests.

They also love using human structures, such as pipes, often blocking them to our aggravation.

The mopane bee is a good example. It is a social bee, that builds its nest in the ground or in tree trunks. They are the very irritating, yet beautiful, little insects that are always buzzing around your head on a warm day, trying to get some of your sweat. Luckily for us, they are without a sting.

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