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A honey bee sipping nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee on a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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A honey bee sipping nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee on a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee sipping nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee on a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee sipping nectar from a hole drilled by a carpenter bee on a foxglove. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Valley carpenter bee about to drill a hole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Valley carpenter bee about to drill a hole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Valley carpenter bee about to drill a hole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Two Nectar Robbers

Carpenter Bee Robbing Nectar

You've probably seen carpenter bees engage in the practice known as "nectar robbing." Due to their large size, they cannot enter tubelike blossoms...

Carpenter Bee Robbing Nectar
Carpenter Bee Robbing Nectar

CARPENTER BEE (Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex) robs nectar from a salvia (sage) by slitting the corolla. A carpenter bee is too big to enter the tubelike blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Bee Robbing Nectar
Honey Bee Robbing Nectar

A HONEY BEE sips nectar from a corolla pierced by a carpenter bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM
Tags: carpenter bee (24), honey bee (198), nectar robbing (2), UC Davis (205)
 
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