Photo: Carpenter bee gets covered in pollen

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bee on a cactus rose

credit: Gerard Kelleher

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This detailed close-up shows a bee coated in grains of pollen from a cactus rose. Carpenter bees belong to the genus Xylocopa and are important pollinators in many parts of the world.

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