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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Hymenoptera > Apoidea 

Apoidea - Bees

The Superfamily Apoidea includes all bees. Contrary to common perceptions, most bees are solitary. The social honey bees and bumble bees are in fact the exceptions. Solitary bees live in small nests in the ground or other natural cavities. Bees feed on flower pollen or nectar and as a result play an important role in pollinating plants, including flowering crops such as cotton, fruits, and vegetables.

The Coal Oil Point Reserve collection includes ten species of native bees, in addition to the nonnative European honeybee.


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Halictidae - Sweat Bees







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Anthiphoridae - Carpenter bees






Apidae - Honey Bees and Bumble Bees

Bumblebee
Bombus sp.











European honeybee
Apis mellifera




 

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