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Native bees? What is this one?

Posted by lilhouseonprairie 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 5, 14 at 11:38

Just really getting into native bees. I want to attract more; but the good news is that I've spotted at least 5 different types. In my picture there are also Italians from hives.

I've identified Agapostemon and Collette bees. Saw plenty of these lovelies last summer on Sunflowers, squash blossoms, and in my sad neglected honeysuckle (it was here when I moved in!)

This very fuzzy bee was all over my Russian Sage. Aside from the big orange stripe across it's middle, I don't really know how to identify it. Any ideas?


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RE: Native bees? What is this one?

Here's a Collete. Lower left corner. Again with some Italians.

This post was edited by lilhouseonprairie on Sat, Apr 5, 14 at 11:41


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RE: Native bees? What is this one?

Here's an Agapostemon. :)


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Can you zoom in or macro shots,..hard to see.


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I've read of some bee with "rust" in it's common name that has a band like the one in your photo. Check with "The Xerces Society." They have information about many native bees in need of conservation, and that rust colored one has been disappearing very rapidly.

Martha


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RE: Native bees? What is this one?

I wish I could zoom, sorry! I didn't catch a good focused shot and this is from last Summer. I'll add the other two shots I snapped!


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Here's the other one. Focus was awful!


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Thanks Martha, I'll look into that!


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That second last is a bumble bee.

In your second picture, no Italian, both are native bees.


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RE: Native bees? What is this one?

Konrad--
The bee on the Russian sage (all 3 pics) is the same bee. Bumblebee? I looked at some Google images and at first wasn't sure but found some species with that orange stripe. Yay! Now to learn how to get them to set up shop!


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RE: Native bees? What is this one?

Yes..all bumbles. They come in various sizes and color, yours is probably similar to this.

May 16, 2012 photo IMG_5040.jpg


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