Natural History Photographs


Bees, or Anthophila, are basically vegetarian wasps. Most bees collect pollen to provision their larvae; the food is stored in a nest. Whenever such a resource is reliably present, organisms will evolve to profit from such resources. Since bees store reliably pollen, species have evolved that capitalize on these resources. Among the species that evolved to exploit the pollen hoarded by bees are kleptoparasitic bees - remarkably many even. The photos below show a selection of kleptoparasitic bee species, together with their (possible) host.




Kleptoparasite
(Possible) hosts
Coelioxys brevis
Authority:Eversmann, 1852
English:Red-legged sharptail bee
Deutsch:Kurze Kegelbiene
Karataş (Adana), Turkey;
14 June 2011.
Megachile spec.
Fethiye (Muğla), Turkey;
7 June 2012.
Megachile spec.
Göksü delta (Mersin), Turkey;
15 June 2011.
Coelioxys mandibularis
Authority:Nylander, 1848
Nederlands:Duinkegelbij
English:Square-jawed sharp-tail bee
Deutsch:Mandibel-Kegelbiene
A'damse Waterleidingduinen,
the Netherlands; 3 June 2007.
Megachile leachella
Authority:Curtis, 1828
Nederlands:Zilveren fluitje
English:Silvery leafcutter bee
Deutsch:Dünen-Blattschneiderbiene
Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, the Netherlands;
24 July 2010 & 3 June 2007.
Epeoloides coecutiens
Authority:(Fabricius, 1775)
Nederlands:Bonte viltbij
Deutsch:Schmuckbiene
Drents-Friese Woud,
the Netherlands; 1 August 2010.
Macropis europaea
Authority:Warncke, 1973
Nederlands:Gewone slobkousbij
English:Yellow loosestrife bee
Deutsch:Auen-Schenkelbiene
Drents-Friese Woud,
the Netherlands; 1 August 2010.
Epeolus cruciger
Authority:(Panzer, 1799)
Nederlands:Heideviltbij
English:Red-thighed epeolus
Deutsch:Heide-Filzbiene
Aekingerzand, the Netherlands;
30 July 2010.
Colletes succinctus
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1758)
Nederlands:Heizijdebij
English:Heather colletes
Deutsch:Heidekraut-Seidenbiene
Aekingerzand, the Netherlands; 2 August 2008.
Epeolus spec.
Göksü delta (Mersin), Turkey;
15 June 2011.
Colletes hylaeiformis
Authority:Eversmann, 1852
Deutsch:Mannstreu-Seidenbiene
Göksü delta (Mersin), Turkey; 15 June 2011.
Melecta spec.
Nemrut caldera (Bitlis), Turkey;
7 June 2010.
Anthophora spec.
Adilcevaz (Bitlis), Turkey;
8 June 2010.
Anthophora spec.
Göksü delta (Mersin), Turkey;
16 June 2011.
Nomada alboguttata
Authority:Herrich-Schäffer, 1839
Nederlands:Bleekvlekwespbij
Deutsch:Weißfleckige Wespenbiene
Aekingerzand, the Netherlands;
21 April 2007.
Andrena barbilabris
Authority:(Kirby, 1802)
Nederlands:Witbaardzandbij
English:Sandpit mining bee
Deutsch:Bärtige Sandbiene
AW-duinen, the Netherlands;
3 May 2008.
Blaricum, the Netherlands;
26 April 2008.
Nomada fabriciana
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1767)
Nederlands:Roodzwarte dubbeltand
English:Fabricius' nomad bee
Deutsch:Rotschwarze Wespenbiene
Amstelveen, the Netherlands;
31 March 2007.
Andrena bicolor
Authority:Fabricius, 1775
Nederlands:Tweekleurige zandbij
English:Gwynne's mining bee
Deutsch:Zweifarbige Sandbiene
Amstelveen, the Netherlands;
27 March 2011.
Andrena chrysosceles
Authority:(Kirby, 1802)
Nederlands:Goudpootzandbij
English:Hawthorn mining bee
Deutsch:Gelbbeinige Kielsandbiene
Amstelveen, the Netherlands;
29 April 2009.
Nomada lathburiana
Authority:(Kirby, 1802)
Nederlands:Roodharige wespbij
English:Lathbury's nomad bee
Deutsch:Rothaarige Wespenbiene
Blaricum, the Netherlands;
11 April 2007.
Andrena vaga
Authority:Panzer, 1799
Nederlands:Grijze zandbij
English:Grey-backed mining bee
Deutsch:Große Weiden-Sandbiene
Blaricum, the Netherlands;
11 April 2007.
Sphecodes albilabris
Authority:(Fabricius, 1793)
Nederlands:Grote bloedbij
Deutsch:Riesen-Blutbiene
Blaricum, the Netherlands;
11 April 2007.
Colletes cunicularius
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1761)
Nederlands:Grote zijdebij
English:Early colletes
Deutsch:Frühlings-Seidenbiene
Amstelveen, the Netherlands;
1 April 2009.
Stelis punctulatissima
Authority:(Kirby, 1802)
Nederlands:Geelgerande tubebij
English:Banded dark bee
Deutsch:Punktierte Düsterbiene
Amstelveen, the Netherlands;
2 June 2007.
Anthidium manicatum
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1758)
Nederlands:Grote wolbij
English:Wool carder bee
Deutsch:Garten-Wollbiene
Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
13 June 2007.
Amstelveen, the Netherlands;
30 June 2007.
Thyreus spec.
Nemrut caldera (Bitlis), Turkey;
16 June 2009.
Anthophora spec.
Koruklu (Bitlis), Turkey;
9 June 2010.