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Ok, this is too wierd

Posted by onafixedincome z8-9 CA (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 13, 06 at 21:56

I just had the ODDEST experience, and would like to send you some pictures of the bee involved....

Found what appeared to be a wingless, light-colored bee crawling over my rabbit manure (I recently treated with carbamol-Sevin-and hope she didn't get into it). Picked her up and no wings, very light, not interested in drops of sweet tea.

Brought it in to take pictures, and it started to...change. Went from wingless to fully winged, light to dark-colored. Quite dark abdomen, with small kidney-shaped burnt orange spots just under the base of the wings. Flies.

Could this be a young bee, perhaps even a queen, that was for whatever reason booted from the hive?

Please send me an email at RNRQ@cncnet.com and I'll send you the pictures, or go to the link below...Thanks!

Pamela in California

Here is a link that might be useful: Bee pics


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RE: Ok, this is too wierd

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 13, 06 at 22:57

It's a normal process. The adult emerges, then must pump body fluids into the wings to expand them.


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RE: Ok, this is too wierd - more

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 13, 06 at 22:59

Oops. Didn't notice at first. The 3rd picture shows what's likely a varroa mite on the bee's right eye.


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RE: Ok, this is too wierd

Yes, but...from where did this one come? Do they normally do this on the ground? (I figured it would happen in the hive)...if it helps any, we've had some good breezes today?
PA


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RE: Ok, this is too wierd

Um, no. That would be a droplet of the sweet solution I dropped into the bottle. :)

PA

It wound up a VERY dark blackish bodied bee with narrow yellow/gold stripes crosswise and two bronze patches under the wing base...not the usual honeybee here. And what about the tiny antennae?

I'm so confuzzed! :)


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RE: Ok, this is too wierd

Obviously it is a fly.
A mite in the fly? Perhaps a louse, or perhaps a mite, but it is neither varroa destructor, nor varroa jacobsoni.


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RE: Ok, this is too wierd

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 16, 06 at 0:52

Oops. Big one. It's a fly. Can tell by the antennae. (Have to dust off my glasses.)

But the wing expansion bit is still normal.


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