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A female mustached mud bee (Anthophora abrupta) builds a chimney of mud at entrance to her nest. The mustached mud bee got its name because the males use a pheromone-soaked mustache to woo females in the spring. Mustached mud bees are native to America and live in dry clay walls and cliffs, not in hives. The adults fly during early summer and the rest of the year, they live inside nests. They look like small, fast-flying bumble bees. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are trying to introduce these bees into cranberry bogs as pollinators for this valuable crop. USDA photo by Scott Bauer.
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