August272014

Scientists studied the nests in depth.

August262014

There were, of course, leaf structures in the nest which means there probably was a wooded area nearby with maybe a river or stream.

August252014

So the tar pits must have been a moist area with a lower elevation during the Pleistocene.

August242014

From this study, they determined that leaf cutter bees live/lived in moderately moist climate. 

August232014

And since there is a relative of the prehistoric leaf cutter bee still alive, scientists are studying the modern bee’s habitat.

August222014

Many insects live in a pretty limited area.

August212014

This eventually became stuck in the tar.

August202014

These prehistoric bees had their nests in the ground.

August192014

The modern leaf cutter bee has its nest in tube-like structures that have rotted wood they can easily dig through.

August182014
Here’s a drawing of the modern leaf cutter bee and their nest.

Here’s a drawing of the modern leaf cutter bee and their nest.

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