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|Adult Anthophora and Amegilla are active from March to June. They are often visible on deadnettle (Lamium) or on other species of the mint family (Lamiaceae), as well as on borage (Borago officinalis) and species of the primrose family (Primulaceae).
The females dig tunnels in loose soil for t...|
...uree of pollen and nectar, on which they lay their eggs ,in a small puddle of nectar. The hatched larvae feed on the puree until early autumn, thereafter they pupate within the brood chamber. They overwinter as pupae and hatch as adult bees in March. Among the parasites who feed on the brood of Anthophora and Amegilla is the oil beetle Sitaris muralis. In march, the female Sitaris muralis beetles place an egg on the fur of hatched male Anthophora and Amegilla.
During mating the eggs are transferred to the fur of the female bees and are thus transported unnoticed into the beesí nests. The hatched larv...
|...he tawny mining bee are forests, forest edges, embankments, gravel pits, dry grasslands, parks and gardens. The nest is usually in sunny or partially shady areas with sparse vegetation. The first bees can already be found near the soil in early March. From March to May they live on the pollen and nectar of numerous, different flowering plants including most fruit trees and berry bushes. Some examples are: Aceraceae, Aquifoliaceae, Berberidaceae, Brassicaceae, Buxaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Fagaceae, Grossular...|
|...forest edges, meadows and gardens. In terms of environment, what is important for these beetles is the presence of the plant dock (Rumex) which they eat. The adult beetles seldom fly but they move considerable distances on foot. They are active from March to October. The overwintering beetles from last year first appear in late March/early April after terminating diapause.|
|In late March, the adult bees of the first generation hatch. The males appear first and fly back and forth over the soil nests on hot days. Mating takes place in April. Immediately afterwards, the fertilized females begin constructing the brood nest in the ground...|
...too. The larvae are left to fend for themselves until June when they pupate. In early July, the adults of the 2nd generation hatch from their pupae. They are active until September when they die. Their offspring overwinter in soil nests, hatching in March of the following year as adults of the new 1st generation.
|Queens overwinter. They appear in March or April. Bombus pascuorum nest both above ground (old birdsí nests) and below ground (abandoned mice nests). The bees use moss, grass and animal hairs to construct a hollow sphere inside the nest. The interior of the hollow sphere is sealed with wa...|
|...ls or under rocks. The containments for pollen, honey and for the brood are built from wax. When the labor force hatches the nest expands to accommodate up to 500 bumblebees. Nests in soil can have a depth of 1.5 metres. Bombus terrestris live from March to October and are found in forests, on meadow slopes, and in gardens or fields. They can be encountered from the lowlands to the mountains. The workers of the Bombus terrestris practice cannibalism, which can be especially dangerous for the eggs...|
|Adult drone flies are active from March to October. As the female drone flies overwinter, they also can be encountered outdoors on warm winter days.|
|...d (Europe, Africa, Asia and North America), especially in open terrain. Their preferred food source is nectar and the pollen of plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae) and the carrot family (umbellifers).
Eristalis arbustorum appears from March to October.|
|The Bibio marci is the most frequently occurring member of the family Bibionidae. Bibio marci are widespread in Europe and Asia. They belong to the order Diptera and are encountered? are common? from March on, swarming out frequently around 25 April.
Bibio marci are black and shiny. Their bodies can reach a length of 8 to 11 mm. They are similar to flies but are the biggest kind of Bibionidae in Europe. Sometimes they appear in large swarms on ...|
|...ying eggs. After oviposition the brood cell is closed with a seal. The hatched larvae feed on their food stock for some weeks before they pupate.
Some species overwinter as larvae, others as adult mason bees. The latter are already active in March. The natural enemies of mason bees include the larvae of cuckoo beeswho feed on the eggs of the mason bees and their food stores.
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