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Anthophorini (Digger bee)

Female adult digger bees live underground, where they build a nest about 6 inches (15 cm.) deep. Within the nest, they prepare a chamber with plenty of pollen and nectar to sustain the larvae.

Male digger bees don’t help with this project. Instead, their job is to tunnel to the surface of the soil before the females emerge in spring. They spend their time flying around, waiting to create the next generation of digger bees.

You may notice digger bees in areas where the grass is sparse, such as dry or shady spots. Digger bees are solitary and each bee has its own special entry to its private chamber. These bees pollinate plants and prey on harmful insects.

Family Name:
Apidae
Common Name:
Digger bee