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


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.


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

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp.)

“Coelioxys, a genus within the leafcutting bee family, are kleptoparasites (they lay their eggs in the nests of other leafcutter bees and the young “steal” all of the stored pollen).” source:

“Adults take nectar at flowers. (They must be eating for themselves, because they do not provision a nest.)”



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