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Old 04-21-2009, 08:27 AM   #11
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Eric, soon the bees will show. Are you seeing any of todays snow we are hearing about?

Equilibrium, I am waiting on an ID from the UIUC Bee Spotter. I'll let you know what they come up with. Sometimes it takes awhile for them to respond.

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Old 04-21-2009, 11:36 AM   #12
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Just got an e-mail that the bald spot species is Bombus bimaculatus - Twospotted Bumble Bee
http://beespotter.mste.uiuc.edu/topi...tus/index.html

The others are bombus impatiens.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:50 PM   #13
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Received answer from UIUC Bee Spotter about the bald bee.

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Hello Gloria,Thanks for your message. The hairs that cover a bee's body are subject to wear, and when a bee gets older, it is not unusual for the thorax to get a bit bald dorsally. Plus remember, bumble bees that we are seeing now have been around since back in late summer 2008; the one that you photographed might have had something of a rough winter.Best regards,Terry Harrison
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:05 AM   #14
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I was close on the id but no bananas for me. I looked at the photos again and the bee has no white bottom.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:13 AM   #15
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No snow in Madison, Wisconsin. We had rain off&on all day yesterday, and there was a bit of sleet mixed in, but the temperature was around 35 degrees F, so nothing stuck. Its sunny this morning, April 22, 2009, with two more days of sun and warmth predicted. The weekend is supposed to be wet, and I think we need the rainfall, so I am not complaining. We seem to be having a gradual, extended spring this year.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:49 PM   #16
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We are having a cooler than normal spring and it has been rainy. We certainly do need the rain.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:58 AM   #17
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We spent some time at the Orland Grasslands Saturday. It was so wet everywhere from all the rain we had to stay around the edges.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:08 PM   #18
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Received answer from UIUC Bee Spotter about the bald bee.
Thanks for letting us know. I think the bug stuff is so cool and hope to start learning more about it. I'm reading Insects and Gardens by Eric Grissell and really enjoying it.
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