March Bee of the Month
Our March Bee of the Month is Centris aethyctera - a Costa Rican native! This photo is of a female Centris aethyctera visiting the flowers of Pterocarpus michelianus in Guanacaste.
This species of Centris is quite common in urban and wild areas in Guanacaste, visiting the flowers of numerous plants. There might be dozens foraging on one tree at the same time. It is medium-large sized, and it's characteristic striped abdomen earns it the nickname "Tiger Centris."
Dr. Frankie has published papers on the nesting habits of Centris aethyctera. This bee, like most solitary bees, is a ground-nester.