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Feb 28, 2013 8:04 PM

Bee ID please, Cyprus

In an area of many square miles here in western Cyprus, there seems to be just one particular small outcrop of soft chalky rock where some creatures have obviously had their colony for many years.

The first three photos show how the rock is riddled with their holes (the middle photo has a wrist watch for scale).

It looks like they excavate the holes then build cells within them, the cell walls being made of the same material (presumably chewed-up and mixed with fluid by the creatures).

For two years I have wondered what creature might have made the holes and cells. Today, I finally spotted them. They are mid-sized brown bees.

 

I was able to get only bad photos of the bees, sorry.

I would be very pleased if somebody could ID this bee species - thanks in advance.

 

I guess there is a possibility that these are mason bees. As I understand it, mason bees use existing holes rather than make new ones.

If these are mason bees, and they did not create the holes, what did?

 

Mike

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