Megachile rotundata

Photograph by Ben Rossi.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

Megachile rotundata – alfalfa leafcutting bee. Mr. Rossi adds, “I studied the mating behavior of these solitary bees for my PhD. This is a female sitting inside of a styrofoam nesting block, which is a styrofoam cube with many long tunnels running through it. The back of the block was resting against the glass inside of a glass tank, so I pointed my camera at one of the nesting holes from the outside of the tank.”