#Project365; Day 129. A Bit of Bee Love.
Although it strikes me as somewhat more brutal negotiation than love! There seems to be a lengthy wooing/persuasion/coercion/battle of strength involved. This is, as far as my novice ID skills allow me to claim, a male Patchwork Leaf Cutter bee, trying to persuade the female to come out enough to get a grip of her. 😀 She doesn’t appear to be entirely unwilling, given that when he flies off, she comes to the entrance and seems to be wondering where he’s gone. Reproduction in most species is a fairly violent transaction, but she certainly seems to be giving as much as she gets in this exchange.