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Digger Bee Squatters’ Rights

You know the nozzle sprayers that go on the end of your garden hose? I have one unused in my yard, just sitting on a shelf between some plants. I just had the feeling something was using that nozzle, and not for watering. Then I spotted something fly into and out again of the hose end of it, the part with the threading. I peeked inside with a flashlight, and saw the little resident:

Something's living in my nozzle.

Not sure what species he is, but it’s got to be some sort of ground or digger bee. I watched as he built that little wall out of pieces of sand he collected.

Such a beautiful little guy (or girl)! I wouldn’t evict him. After taking my photos (using a flashlight to light up the tube) I thanked the bee for its patience and left the nozzle in place.

Here’s the same shot cropped to 100%:

Anyone with any input to ID this creature, please feel free to post a comment. Or just post because you feel like it.

Same shot cropped to 100%

Bye bee!


UPDATE (10-14-11): The kind folks at have identified this critter as Centris nitida, or the oil-collecting bee, a recent arrival from Mexico or Central America, established in South Florida, and sporadically in other areas in the U.S.


4 comments on “Digger Bee Squatters’ Rights

  1. Rifqi
    October 13, 2011

    Awesome, I wish I had a pet bee I could shoot :p

    • kentiki
      October 13, 2011

      Thanks! Hey pet bee, I hadn’t thought of it like that.

  2. KatiesCameraBlog
    October 13, 2011

    I love this post, as your story is wonderful, and your neighbor bee isn’t being evicted! I love the last photo, as the bee is just staring at you, like “Hello there, neighbor.” 🙂 Terrific photos and a fantastic post! 🙂

    • kentiki
      October 13, 2011

      Thank you!! I have to see if it’s still there today. Maybe he’s got satellite tv, internet, etc., all hooked up.

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