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Old 12-12-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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Several you tube videos of solitary bees building nests and stocking with pollen balls. A little verse and a bit of information on each species is in text beneath each video. There are leaf cutters and resin collectors, below is one example. Check out the others at this blog link.

Odes to Solitary Bees (2010 – 2011) Resonating Bodies

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This energetic leafcutter bee (Megachile relativa) fashions oblong strips neatly cut from leaves into a brood cell where she will assemble a ball of pollen and lays a white, peanut-shaped egg. You can see her positioning leaf material like strips of wallpaper and chewing these along their edges with her serrated jaws (mandibles) so they stick better in place. Towards the end of the video she rejects a leaf strip for this brood cell.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:17 PM   #2
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Great sight for bee news...

American Museum of Natural History News Biodiversity

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and other pollinators...

American Museum of Natural History News Student Tracks Butterfly Flower Preferences
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