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Is this a worker, or something else?

As far as I understand, this is a buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris). It was collected (dying) inside my house in Santiago, Chile. The species was intentionally introduced not far away, for ...
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Is there a specific name for the feet of insects?

A friend and I were talking, and he asked me whether there was a name for insect feet (either in general or for specific insects). I think they are sometimes called tarsi, but I believe that's a more ...
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What is the minimum atmospheric pressure at which bees can live/thrive?

Bees are amazing little critters. (Gosh, they're cute.) But what if we colonize Mars and start terraforming it? At what point will bees (and other insects) be able to live/thrive in that environment? ...
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Why do bees fly inside the gaps between the decoration on the exterior wall of a building and the wall?

My house has decorations around the windows on the exterior wall: There are gaps between those decorations and the bricks of the building: During the summer, there are always bees looking for those ...
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How can drone bees be born from unfertilized eggs?

I am learning about Drone bees and I keep reading that they are born from unfertilized eggs. Now here is my question: if eggs are gametes and therefore reproductive cells, how can they turn into a new ...
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Do bees use their ovipositors for egg-laying?

I'd always assumed that, since bee stings are 'modified ovipositors', queen bees couldn't sting. But apparently they can. What is going on with bees' ovipositors? Are they capable of injecting both ...
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Is there an evolutionary advantage to bees to becoming docile when exposed to smoke?

I have not seen other research on this on line, it occurred to me though that this physiological behavior / stimulus-response of bees (calm down when exposed to smoke) might be a subject for original ...
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Identify a large wasp (?) from southern Poland

This insect has appeared "out of nowhere" in one of my rooms. Can you help me identify it? Details: location: Katowice, Upper Silesia, southern Poland, eastern Europe (46.42 N, 17.78 E), ...
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Is this a carpenter bee?

This bee visits our balcony every day multiple times, but only for a brief time, making it hard to take a good picture: Here's another picture, I finally got lucky so I'm adding it to the question: ...
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Can bees find alternate sources of water which mosquitoes can't use?

I live in an area where mosquitoes are a disease vector of concern, and I was dutifully sweeping out a puddle when I noticed a lot of bees had gathered there to collect water. Is this effort to ...
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Will carpenter bee larvae die if trapped or find a way to bore out?

I had a carpenter bee problem last year, beginning with the awful sounds the larvae make! The exterminators couldn’t find the bore holes (they were/are inside a gap between top of the foundation and ...
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What was the largest flying insectoid pollinator?

Megachile pluto is a large resin bee whose body length may reach 38 mm and a wingspan of 63.5 mm. But that's nothing compared to the prehistoric and extinct Meganisoptera including the Meganeura, ...
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The pollination of lupins

Do lupins produce nectar? According to this study it seems like there are conflicting conclusions regarding this. And in this study the supposed inability for Lupinus argenteus to produce nectar is ...
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How come the role of the Apis mellifera is determined by nutrition rather than chromosomes?

Prior to making my question I browsed on similiar question such as this one but it doesn't specifically addressed my doubt in the sense that it is related with a different species and on a concept not ...
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