Identify this bee with orange body? Must be some sort of mason bee.
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    Default Identify this bee with orange body? Must be some sort of mason bee.

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    poor phone screen shot from video I tried to get- will try for better pic next time I see her.

    Located in Kauai, Hawaii.
    Makes small mud tubes, much smaller than the looks of the "mason bee tubes" I have seen for sale for the mb houses. about the size of a pencil. bee looks pretty big tho im surprised she fits in the tube. I made her the bamboo nest but she much prefers making tubes inside of left out clothing / tents in my storage area. I have collected a few closed off mud sections and placed them into the bamboo for safe keeping/ promote living there- but I wonder if the bees emerge in spring or sooner during year round warm weather...
    What kind is this?!

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    Default Re: Identify this bee with orange body? Must be some sort of mason bee.

    your in the Islands?\
    do a google for local bees

    but it looks like a Honey Bee to mee.
    same colour pattern, body shape etc...and the eyes look like a drone from what I can see in the pic,
    can't say for sure till you get better pics, that image is not good.

    In Cali we had sand digger bees that looked similar.

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    Default Re: Identify this bee with orange body? Must be some sort of mason bee.

    Yes.

    Def not honeybee as it was flying with mud and daubing her tube.
    Done lots of google searches to no avail.
    Thx

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    Default Re: Identify this bee with orange body? Must be some sort of mason bee.

    Tubes made with leaves? Perhaps a leafcutter bee.
    If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
    Abraham Maslow

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    Default Re: Identify this bee with orange body? Must be some sort of mason bee.

    That looks like it but has anyone known them to build with mud as well?

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    Default Re: Identify this bee with orange body? Must be some sort of mason bee.

    Perhaps a mson bee then?

    Hint: You're gonna need a much better picture
    If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
    Abraham Maslow

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