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Black Bees???

Posted by sewnjoy z5 IA (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 15, 11 at 16:03

I've got black bees with dark red hind ends that are flying very close to the gound. Lots of them!! I've seen them in my butterfly bush & in my tomato plants, but, mostly just flying close to the ground. Any ideas what they are??? I don't think they are wasps or hornets, they're too fast for that! Thanks!

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RE: Black Bees???

This sounds like some kind of a bumble bee, perhaps you can post a picture?

RE: Black Bees???

They have black wings, head, & the front of the body is black. The back side is dark red or brown with one yellow dot on each side. My picture turned out to be a big blurr. Will keep trying, though! I think it's too slender & fast to be a bumble bee. Thanks!

RE: Black Bees???

Well, our Black Bees turned out to be Scoliid Wasps! Because they were so fast moving, I didn't think they were wasps. Also found out how benificial they are! We have lots of Japanese beetles & these wasps feed on the grubs! Good deal! Thanks!!!

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