Amegilla quadrifasciata Villers, 1789 ♂
Common name: White-banded Digger Bee [En]
Çeşme, İZMİR ● Turkey
Description: The adults grow up to 9–12 millimetres (0.35–0.47 in). The thorax is densely hairy, while the abdomen alternate black and white stripes. They have very large compound eyes, their long probosces allow them to sip nectar from a variety of flowers and the hairy hind legs facilitate the collection and transport of pollen.
The male has a light yellow face and the hairs of metabarsitarse completely white (black for the female).
Biology : They can be encountered from March to June, mainly feeding on Lamiaceae, Boraginaceae and Primulaceae species.
These solitary bees do not build colonies. The females usually lay eggs in a nest excavated by themselves in loose soils. In the cells they store pollen and nectar as food for the larvae, which pupate in Autumn and hatch as adult bees in March.
Distribution: Most of Europe, Central Asia and North Africa
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