Small Carpenter Bee

Allodapula spp.

Small Carpenter Bee, Dwarf Carpenter Bee

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Allodapula is a group comprising the Small Carpenter Bees. They collect pollen using the hairs (scopa) on the legs. They're tiny bees that search for plants with hollow stalks, in which they lay a cluster of eggs. The larvae communally feed, developing from within the nest which is progressively tended to by the female(s). These bees are indigenous to Africa, pollinating a large selection of flowering plants. Some species have been known to nest within the dry wood of termite mounds, situated in cool and undisturbed areas. These bees thrive in a variety of habitat types, such as grasslands, forests, wetlands, marshlands, open habitats, protected areas, farmlands, quarries, woodlands and plantations.
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Traits

These insects are able to pollinate hundreds of flowers every day!
Although described as 'docile', these bees may sting if threatened.

Appearance

Adults: A tiny insect (7mm); these bees are shiny with dark (black-brown) heads and thorax, the abdominal region typically reddish-brown or orange. They sometimes show yellow facial or thorax markings. The legs are also reddish-brown with brown hairs, which are used in pollen collection. Larvae & Eggs: These insects lay eggs within purpose-built burrows, which are typically sealed off with some nectar and pollen. Larvae are rarely seen unless nests are purposely opened up.

Symptoms

They nest in hollowed-out plant structures. You may notice females spending a lot of time around plants possessing narrow, long stems.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Apidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

Africa

Biological treatment

These bees are so small; they're easily mistaken for flies! Fear not, they are incredibly important pollinators.

Attracts

They pollinate a wide range of plants, particularly those found in the Fabaceae, Malvaceae, Rubiaceae and Asteraceae plant families. They're a great species to have situated near a garden or farm.
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