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Who knew? A native digging squash bee.

The squash bee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WobQObH4oDE
 
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We have found several of these nests around our property. Many have been in and around our squash area. We have found them in other areas as well. I am guessing, based on observation of our flower visitors that there are probably many other species doing the same thing. I know that many solitary bees and wasps do tunnel nests.
 
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That explains the good pollination I get on my pumpkins. I have a large nesting area in a sandy spot in the driveway and hillside beside it. I have video of them mating over the nest holes. I shared it with Crown Bees but I don't have it uploaded anywhere yet. will try to get that done.
 
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