Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina sp. possibly dupla or C. floridana)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina sp. possibly dupla or C. floridana)

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Tiny pollinator.  Nests in the pith of broken or burned plant twigs and stems.  Another reason to leave some plant debris and not be overly tidy in the garden.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/ceratina.htm

The above literature only lists 2 species for Florida. The following adds more so this may well be considered: C. floridana

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/ceratinini.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: QUEEN-DEVIL (Hieracium gronovii) aka Hawkweed

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