If anyone has a link to information about these insects, please let me know. They are not bees, and on sunny days are seen by the million in the Tasman Bay area, swarming over areas of sand just above the high tide mark. They land, dig holes, then reappear. Local Dept. of Conservation rangers didn't know.
Local conservation groups here in Canada are encouraging gardeners to place mason bee nests in their gardens. The nests are basically a container like a wooden box, containing tunnels made of rolled up newspapers -- like straws. I don't know much more about them, except they are very good pollinators if you have fruit trees, and we are supposed to encourage them. Here's one information link
Also, "mason bees" might mean wasps -- I tried Google with "New Zealand sand wasp" and found some likely suspects.
Thanks Nawitka. Yes - there are some links to insects that look close to these. These certainly don't sting like wasps or bees.
hi clicknz ! as always, another awesome shot !!
I've found some information about these bees ; here is the link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masonbee
and the species is Osmia caerulescens, according to this link :
We have such bees here in France and they are good pollinators (these ones carry lots of pollen : yellow points)
Greetings from France, Michael (beekeper)
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Photo taken in Abel Tasman National Park Abel Tasman Walkway, Abel Tasman National Park 7183, New Zealand
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