Macro Photography Shows Long-horned Bee Mating Behavior

StoryfulPublished: May 26, 20173 views
Published: May 26, 2017

Macro photography captures the mating behavior of long-horned bees in Courtenay, British Columbia, on April 28.

Macro photographer Karla Thompson is participating in a conservation effort of multiple insect species.

Thompson hopes to <a href="https://www.patreon.com/Karlathompson" target="_blank">travel the world</a> and shoot the “coolest insects.”

This video shows a male bee stroking a female with his long antennae, it is the typical mating behavior of long-horned bees.

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Ethnobeeology/videos/1590291041005469/" target="_blank">Long-horned Bees</a> are genera in the tribe Eucerini (Apidae). They are named because of the large antennae present on males. There are over 30 genera in the tribe, including <a href="http://eol.org/pages/1044651/overview" target="_blank">Melissodes</a> or long-horned bees. They nest on the ground, have a fondness of sunflowers, and emerge in late summer.

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