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Portrait plasterer bee, made with magnification factor 6 and f/11.

The genus Colletes (or plasterer bees, in Dutch "silk bees") is a very large group of ground-nesting bees within the bee family Colletidae, with over 450 species worldwide, primarily in the Northern Hemisphere, with nine species in The Netherlands and Flanders. These bees tend to be solitary, though sometimes nest close together in so-called aggregations.
Species in the genus build cells in underground nests that are lined with a polyester secretion, earning them the nickname polyester bees. Most Colletes are found in July and August.

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