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Paratetrapedia, f, right, La Cruz, Costa Rica

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Feeds Baby Oil. Yes, a subcult of the many bees of the world are those who, in addition to feeding their young pollen, feed them oil from plants that produce oil for that very purpose. Here is such a bee, a Paratetrapedia collected by Tim McMahon in Costa Rica. It has special hairs to transport the oil to the nest. It is unclear to me whether nectar is not eschewed by the these bees but oils are significant enough that both plants and bees have danced the evolutionary dance with oil as the music. Want to do something describe the nests of this group? Of the 30+ only 1 species has a described nest. This dark bee photographed by Anders Croft. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200, USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.


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