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  Teddy Bear Bee (Amegilla bombiformis)





Teddy Bear Bee | Amegilla bombiformis photo
Teddy Bear Bee

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TEDDY BEAR BEE FACTS

Identification
The Teddy Bear Bee is golden brown with dark brown bands on abdomen. It is a stocky furry looking bee closely related to the Blue-banded Bee. Teddy Bear Bees are solitary bees, although a few females may nest close together.

Size
length 18mm

Food
nectar and pollen

Breeding
the nest is usually in the soil of a creek bank. The nest has several cells. They place a ball of pollen and nectar in the cell then lay an egg on it before closing a cell.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Anthophoridae
Genus:Amegilla
Species:bombiformis
Common Name:Teddy Bear Bee

Relatives in same Genus
  Blue-banded Bee (A. cingulata)