Saturday, 23 April 2011

Red mason bees mating.

We have a yellow front wall to our house which attracts bees at the end of the day attacted by the colour and the warmth of this west facing wall.
There a few small solitary bees buzzing around and occasionally settling on the wall. They appear to be red mason bees.

I noticed that occasionally one of the resting bees would be dive bombed by another, chasing the first bee away. This happened on a few occasions.

Later I noticed a couple of pairs mating on the wall.
Due to the brightness of the reflected sunlight, the bees are difficult to distinguish.

I also witnessed one of the pairs being dive bombed by another bee, possibly a male trying to dislodge the male from the mating pair. It did not have any affect.
This was fascinating to observe.

No comments: