Beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) Cavenham heath NR

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I have posted about Beewolf before when I saw one in my garden but at Cavenham there are loads. the one above is a male with the light colouring behind his eye where females have red also males have a white trident mark on the front of its head.

beewolf (Philanthus triangulum)

the female above with the red strip behind the eye digging her burrow where they will deposit honey bees

beewolf (Philanthus triangulum)

beewolf (Philanthus triangulum)

Along that deep burrow, the bee wolf carves little chambers – up to 30 – and stocks each chamber with 4-5 bees with a single egg. The bees have only been paralyzed by the wasp’s sting, not killed, as they stay juicier for longer like that and make better food for the wasp’s larvae! The bees are also coated by the female with a secreted substance to reduce fungus and the like, to keep the paralyzed bees fresher for longer.

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A honey bee dropped outside a burrow before being taken inside where it will have an egg laid on it

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