Squash bee natural history video!

posted by Katharina

In the Americas, the squash bee (Peponapis pruinosa), is an important pollinator of squash and pumpkin. One of the things that’s so neat about this bee is that it’s a specialist; squash bees only collect pollen from plants in the genus Cucurbita. Like many of our native bees they nest in the ground. To learn more about their natural history check out the video below! Or, read this FANTASTIC scientific paper: Matthewson, JA. 1968. Nest construction and life history of the eastern cucurbit bee, Peponapis pruinosa.  Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. 41:255