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Large Alpine Hymenopteran Seen in the White Mountains

I was hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, USA, and at the peak of Mount Eisenhower saw a number of large bee-like insects. They appeared to be nesting in a rock cairn, and were strikingly ...
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Is there any evidence contrary to the pheromone theory of bee washboarding?

I've heard beekeepers say they "don't know" what the function of washboarding is. James F. Taulman suggested in a 2017 study that the primary function of bee washboarding is the application ...
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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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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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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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What kind of bee can dig through stone?

My house (in Israel) has a concrete structure, with a decorative veneer of Jerusalem Stone at least an inch thick. Yesterday I came out to discover a little hole in the wall - and a pair of bees ...
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How do bees help flowering trees survive?

I have often heard a vague claim that bees help flowering tree populations survive. As far as I know, bees take nectar and pollen concentrations from the flowers of flowering trees and use at least ...
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Why are bees “committing suicide” in my house?

There is a beehive about 500-1000 meters away from my house. During the last years, almost every day, one or more bees enter from the window, "dance" for an hour or two, and then drop dead on the ...
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Which species of bee or wasp are in this photo?

Please tell me what do you think :) The photo is from Santander, Colombia. I didn’t take any closeups photos 😞, but these were little bees, like 5 x 1 mm. The tube didn’t seem man-made, it was ...