| Megachile sicula Rossi, 1792|
Main synonym = Chalicodoma sicula (Rossi, 1792)
| Taxonomical Classification: Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Apidae |
| Tawny Mining Bee Maltese name not known|
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A species of bee quite distinct from the honey bee by having a black body covered with reddish-brown hairs. It has the ability to mine nesting holes in ground, or construct them with a cement produced from dust and sand particles in which it nests. In the nesting period, they can be seen flying low to the ground, seeking a good nesting spot. It is also known with the synonymous name - Chalicodoma sicula. It is the specific pollinator of the endemic orchid - Ophrys melitensis.
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