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Solitary Bee June 17, 2010

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Uploaded on Jun 30, 2010

Over one afternoon I filmed a solitary bee (most likely Hoplitis spoliata) gradually accumulate a ball of pollen to feed a new offspring and then construct a brood cell out of chewed-up leaf parts. It was astounding to watch this little bee use her entire body - head, feet and abdomen to accomplish the task. This little before-and-after clip represents hours of work by this bee, followed by quite visible exhaustion.

This bee inhabits a small nest block in the front yard of Toronto composer Sarah Peebles.

I will be making more macro videos of wild, solitary nesting bees *with macro audio* (no sound this time, sorry) in the coming months as a part of Sarah's Resonating Bodies project, in affiliation with the CANPOLIN research network.

Related videos are posted at the Resonating Bodies YouYube channel.

Special thanks to Headshots camera store for their generous support!

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