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Monday, September 18, 2006

Lynx spider and prey

A bunch of leafcutter bees has adopted the cinnamon basil for the past month or so. They buzz exclusively and ceaselessly around its flowers, pausing only for split seconds to sip nectar and therefore frustrating my slow shutter release finger. Have not yet gotten a picture of one in focus, until now.

My helpful assistant,
peucetia viridans, holds this bee nice and still for her portrait. Unfortunately you can't see the bee's head, which is fuzzy, grey, fairly cute, and mostly inside the spider's jaws. You can see the load of pollen, which is carried on the sides of the bee's abdomen.

I do not yet know where these bees are nesting. Could be in the ground, in some soft wood, or even in plant stems.

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