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Digger Bees

Presenting digger bees pollinating the wild tomato species Solanum peruvianum.

The only time I have seen this species of bee is on flowers of the highly promiscuous wild tomato species. Planting wild tomatoes, with their huge attractive flowers, could be an important conservation strategy for this species of bee.

 

A digger bee explores wild tomato flowers.

 

A digger bee looking for a good meal.

 

A digger bee zeroing in on the best looking flower. So many to choose from!

Joseph Lofthouse
World Tomato Society Ambassador
The Beautifully Promiscuous and Tasty Tomato Project

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