Digger Bee with Oil Beettle Larvae
Bee
- Genus Diadasia
Subgenus  Coquillettapis
Larvae
- Genus Meloe

diadasia and oil beetle larvae
I got one shot of this Digger Bee at Strawberry Reservoir and when I uploaded the photo to my computer
 I was really surprised. It has Oil Beetle larvae hitching a ride on it.  Too bad I couldn't have gotten more
 photos. According to Martin Hauser on Bugguide, these beetles "are first hitchhikers  (to get to the nest)
and  then parasites (on the bee  larvae)". Amazing!  You can read more about them here on Bugguide.
 © Carol Davis, 7-24-2011


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