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Bug of the Week: Tiny Bees

It didn't rain this week, but the rain lilies didn't care. There was enough humidity to send them into bloom.

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The "pencil lead bees" responded right away.

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We call these tiny bees "pencil lead bees" because they are only the size of a pencil lead.

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They are actually sweat or digger bees.

Do you think they are collecting nectar or pollen?

(Hint:  remember what the yellow structures are in the flower.)

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