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Old 05-08-2010, 11:24 PM   #21
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Here are another couple of bees along with one more resin bee picture.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:28 PM   #22
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I'm afraid I have IDs on none of these except that they are bees (or wasps) on flowers.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:36 PM   #23
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Awesome bee, wasp & flower photos.

I always think it's so neat when flower pollen shows up on a bee's legs & body in photos.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:47 AM   #24
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I'm afraid I have IDs on none of these except that they are bees (or wasps) on flowers.
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The first one actually is a fly in the family Syrphidae (drone/hover/flower flies); it resembles Eristalis dimidiata, a species known as the white-banded drone fly - see http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/66275806 for an image.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:56 AM   #25
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The first one actually is a fly in the family Syrphidae (drone/hover/flower flies); it resembles Eristalis dimidiata, a species known as the white-banded drone fly - see http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/66275806 for an image.

Now that you mention it, it sems kind of obvious. Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:59 AM   #26
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Here is one for you Boo.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:37 AM   #27
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Why thank you Kildale...what a lovely photo.

The bee looks like he took a bath in pollen!
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:37 PM   #28
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I have a bee for you. An Apis Mellifera (European common bee)
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:33 AM   #29
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I'm not sure, but I think the bees in #'s 2,3 and 4 are Carpenter bees, not Bumbles. It seems like I'm seeing them around here more and more while numbers of Bumblebees are decreasing.

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Old 05-14-2010, 08:59 AM   #30
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The abdomens on those bees are fuzzy so I think they are bumble bees.
Don't the carpenter bees have shiny abdomens?

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Antennae in insects come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Bumble bees and honey bees have what are called elbowed antennae, which bend at a joint in the middle, as would a human arm.

Most insects have two pairs of wings, and this includes all bees. This is an important feature to recognize; many flies are disguised as bees, but flies only have one pair of wings.

The body of a bumble bee or honey bee is covered in thick hair, making them appear quite fuzzy.


The hind legs of the honey bee and bumble bee hold the most important difference between these and all other kinds of Illinois bees. Look to the image at the right, and at the enlarged section indicated by the arrows. This is the pollen basket, a hairy, concave (spoonlike) section of the leg where the bees pack pollen they collect from flowers. A few other tropical bees have this leg, but in Illinois, you will only see it on bumble bees and honey bees. Keep in mind that the other enlarged section, below the pollen basket, may be present on other bees. Additionally, male bees do not have pollen baskets, so you must use other features to identify them.
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Carpenter bees are commonly confused with bumble bees. One easy way to tell the difference is to look at the abdomen. If the abdomen is shiny and not hairy, you probably have a carpenter bee. Carpenter bees may also have much larger heads, proportionally. The pictures below compare a carpenter bee (on the left in each picture) to a bumble bee (right).
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