Identify Types of Bees: The Peponapis Squash Bee

Foraging habits differentiate the Peponapis bee, commonly referred to as a “Squash Bee,” from other types of bees. Squash Bees focus their pollination and feeding habits almost entirely on members of the squash family.

All Squash Bees specialize in gathering nectar and pollen from flowers of squash plants (Cucurbita), including pumpkins, watermelons, squashes, and gourds. Females provide their young with nectar and pollen strictly from squash.
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