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Pararhophites orobinus, Yellow Pollen Ball Bee, collected in Uzbekistan by Christophe Praz
This interesting little bee belongs to a genus of just three species from North Africa through Central Asia. They continue to confuse bee experts because of uncertainties about where they fit in the classificatory scheme. This is a work in progress. Nonetheless, they are unusual in that females carry pollen back to the nest all over their bodies and not packed onto the rear legs or underneath the abdomen like most bees. Another unusual feature is that they do not waterproof their brood cells or the food despite constructing shallow nests where the pollen balls might easily become waterlogged following a rain Presumably this lack of waterproofing discourages these bees from moving into damper regions of our planet.
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Further in Summer than the Birds
Pathetic from the Grass
A minor Nation celebrates
Its unobtrusive Mass.
No Ordinance be seen
So gradual the Grace
A pensive Custom it becomes
Antiquest felt at Noon
When August burning low
Arise this spectral Canticle
Repose to typify
Remit as yet no Grace
No Furrow on the Glow
Yet a Druidic Difference
Enhances Nature now
-- Emily Dickinson
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