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  • Nesting: Colletes cognatus typically nests in the ground, often in sandy or well-drained soils. They prefer sunny, open areas and can nest singly or in aggregations.
  • Pollen Carrying Method: Scopa (Pollen Brushes)
  • Foraging: Oligolectic
  • Size: Medium, 10-13 mm.
  • Average Length: 12 mm
  • Body Type: Andreniform
  • Coloring: black, yellow
  • Pattern: stripes
  • Sociality: Solitary
  • Wings: Two pairs, membranous, transparent
  • Eyes: Hairy compound eyes
  • Mandibles: Simple and toothed.
  • Sting: Sting, pain: low, aggression: low
  • Tarsal Claws: Cleft with inner tooth
  • Abdomen: Banded, hairy, slender abdomen
  • Antennae: medium
  • Hair: Yellowish hairs, densely covered
  • Colorado Native: false
Additional Notes: – Family: Colletidae – Common Name: Eastern Plasterer Bee – Native to: Eastern North America – Nesting: Ground nester, often in sandy soils – Flight Period: Late summer to early fall – Behavior: Solitary bees, females create and provision their own nests – Diet: Primarily pollen and nectar from Asteraceae family plants – Identification: Pale bands of hair on the abdomen, short and dense body hair

Identification Tips: Medium-sized, face broader than long. Light hair on thorax, abdomen with white hair bands. Fovea dark, antennae segments orange-yellow beneath. Wings smoky, hind tibiae hairy. Common around composite flowers.

(Colletes cognatus)

  • Name: Colletes cognatus
  • Rank: species
  • ID: 1349498

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