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Old 05-29-2011, 07:42 AM   #51
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I can see why that caught your eye, benj1. It's quite striking.
I'm afraid I missed your point as well, hava. If I'd caught on I would have chosen the nearly prehistoric on the assumption that it was a reptile. I'm keen on herps right now.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:20 AM   #52
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I'm afraid I missed your point as well, hava. If I'd caught on I would have chosen the nearly prehistoric...
I'm glad I am not alone.

She can always post that one (or all of them) in a new thread...or we have to wait until next May's photo contest!
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This carex (pennsylvanica?) volunteered behind a rose bush and has now been transplanted to the shady area under a sugar maple.
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Ooooo Benj1 I like it!
That's ok Buluc....I can't expect to be understood all of the time.
You a'll just have to wait.
Rebek56 I've never noticed such Sproi oi oi oing in a seed head before. Your photo captures it perfectly!
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I thought I'd post my bee mimic fly (of the family Syrphidae, subfamily Eristalinae --thanks, suunto) as another entry.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:40 PM   #56
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Two pictures of a Carpenter Bee beeing a carpenter. There are probably a dozen of these fellows nesting in the ceiling of our porch. They've been coming every year since I moved here (7 years). I've finally convinced the other residents to ignore them by pointing out that they almost never sting (true) and that they chase away other bees and wasps that do sting (I don't know if it's true but it makes my neighbors feel better, so...). They will get your attention, though, when they fly into you at full speed.
It's funny, I'll walk towards the steps and one of them will approach aggresively. I just say, "Go away!" and they do (this has been independantly verified by people who weren't drinking as much as me.)
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They will get your attention, though, when they fly into you at full speed.
It's funny, I'll walk towards the steps and one of them will approach aggresively. I just say, "Go away!" and they do (this has been independantly verified by people who weren't drinking as much as me.)
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This is termed 'guarding' behavior, and is only exhibited by the males (which lack a sting). For details on this and other aspects of their bee-havior, see Eastern carpenter bee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The May 2011 Photo contest is now closed

I'm looking through the pix on the ipad in the hospital waiting room while Roger has an endoscopy.
Hopefully I'll get to post the winner by this evening
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I thought I'd post my bee mimic fly (of the family Syrphidae, subfamily Eristalinae --thanks, suunto) as another entry.
Oh and he's on a sweet fern...My favorite!
Buluc....I've never seen a bee excavate like that. I never even knew they did! My, my, the knowledge we gain.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:28 PM   #60
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Oh, yes. When it's quiet, you can even hear them chewing the wood. Then there's the constant stream of sawdust as they work. Even my not-so-naturally-inclined neighbors are intrigued (for about 30 seconds, when Lady Gaga or somesuch posts a new Tweet.)
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