Megachile ericetorum ♀︎♂︎
-Broad-leaved sweet pea-

Last update: 5 February 2021
OBSERVATION:

A female Megachile ericetorum bee foraging for pollen on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius).

She is a very photogenic bee. Every year there are large numbers present on the Broad-leaved sweet pea plants, which is the bee’s primary pollen source.

Megachile ericetorum ♀︎ on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
Megachile ericetorum ♀︎ on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
Megachile ericetorum ♀︎ on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

The males patrol almost non-stop up and down from plant to plant looking for females to mate. Every now and then a pauze is taken to drink.

Megachile ericetorum ♂︎ on Broad-leaved sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

One of the characteristic features of male M. ericetorum is the thorn on tergite VII.

Megachile ericetorum ♂︎, thorn on tergite VII

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