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    Question Ashy Miner bees

    Hi,

    Something has been bugging me for ages about Ashy Miner Bees and it's the three black bumps on the back of their head; logic is saying it's some sort of light detection 'eyes' to help keep them safe from predators, but I don't know for sure!

    I have attached a stunning image from Craig Taylor to show these 'eyes'.
    ashy.jpg

    Can any one help?

    Thanks,
    Nat

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    Default Re: Ashy Miner bees

    Wow, they're cooler than i thought then!
    Thanks for that!
    -Nat

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    Default Re: Ashy Miner bees

    Ocellus/Ocelli no? All bees have them.

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    Yeah I've seen them on other bees too but the Ashy was the last bee I was watching and they seemed bigger, it's still cool though ^^

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    Default Re: Ashy Miner bees

    Definitely a fine looking bee...
    Andrena_cinerariaB.jpg

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    They are stupid cute my fave after lapidarius ^^

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