Natural History Photographs


Andrena carantonica
Nederlands:Meidoornzandbij
English:Chocolate mining bee
Deutsch:Gesellige Sandbiene
Amstelveen, the Netherlands; 2 May 2008.
Amstelveen, the Netherlands; 27 March 2007.
Amstelveen, the Netherlands; 27 March - 3 April 2011.
Female bee with protruding Stylops female parasites.
Amstelveen, the Netherlands; 27 March - 3 April 2011.
Stylopized female approached by male Stylops melittae. The bee was fully mesmerized, it hardly responded to the presence of the male parasite. The parasite moved between the bee's legs and approached the abdomal tip via the bee's belly, where it copulated with the protruding female parasite!