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#1 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 14 2020 - 2:35 AM

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I’ve been interested in social insects since I was a kid. I gravitated toward ants because I had no desire to get stung. Still, I find bees fascinating. If there’s a thread for ant photos, why not one for bees? Apis mellifera approaching Japanese Spiraea. 

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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 14 2020 - 3:28 AM

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I love it! What is that flower? Seems to be the hot spot in town!

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#3 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 14 2020 - 4:20 AM

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It sure seems to be. Lucky for me it’s on the south side of my house! The flower is Japanese Spiraea. I’ll edit my post with the bee species & flower. D’oh, I should’ve done that in the first place.  :facepalm:


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 14 2020 - 4:36 AM

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Japanese spirea is what I thought, but it looks different zoomed in so much.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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#5 Offline TechAnt - Posted June 14 2020 - 10:26 AM

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I know this is not supposed to go here, but seriously, bees are just as fascinating as ants. I think bees and bee keeping is kind of overshadowed by ant-keeping here. I don’t even watch bees, or keep them, but I just think they deserve more attention on the forum.

Amazing photo!
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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 16 2020 - 6:38 AM

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Late season Bombus impatiens queen on Zinnia

 
Hylaeus bee on Rosa Carolina:
 
Anthophora bee on Penstemon digitalis:

 

 


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#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 16 2020 - 6:42 AM

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Xylocopa virginica on Gaillardia:


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#8 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 16 2020 - 8:29 AM

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Nomad bee

 

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Furrow bee

 

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#9 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 18 2020 - 7:25 PM

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After a quick stop, this Unarmed Leafcutter Bee (Megachile inermis) flies off to another Japanese Spiraea blossom. 
 
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This Spiraea blossom hosts a buffet for three! (L to R) Bombus impatiens, Megachile inermis, and a Sweat Bee of the Lasioglossum species 
 

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#10 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 20 2020 - 11:46 AM

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Sorry I don’t have much variety. The Japanese Spiraea is enticing to our winged friends. 
 

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I thought this was a Sweat Bee of the Lasioglossum genus but it might be a Carpenter Bee of the Ceratina genus. 
 

 


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#11 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 9 2020 - 9:55 AM

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Pure Green Sweat Bee (Augochlora pura) on a Daylily petal. 
 

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#12 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 9 2020 - 10:35 AM

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Bombus pennsylvanicus on wild bergamot, my favorite native bee:
 
This is a dozing male:
 
Bombus impatiens on Rosa Carolina:

 


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#13 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 10 2020 - 2:30 AM

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Pure Green Sweat Bee (Augochlora pura) on a Daylily petal.

This is spectacular. You could sell it.
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#14 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 10 2020 - 10:41 AM

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Pure Green Sweat Bee (Augochlora pura) on a Daylily petal.

This is spectacular. You could sell it.

 

Thanks man, but after looking at AntHUB's insect photography site

https://www.armyofinsects.com/

I'm just not worthy. That kid's got some really good stuff!



#15 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 13 2020 - 9:52 AM

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Melissodes bee on Helianthus:
 

 


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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#16 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2020 - 11:31 AM

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Mountain mint is like crack for bees!
Some Megachilidae sp (Coelioxys?) on Pycnanthemum muticum:


Andrena? peaking out behind a leaf:


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#17 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 27 2020 - 11:30 AM

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Augochlora species on Eupatorium fistulosum:

 


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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#18 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 27 2020 - 12:52 PM

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Mmm, metallic sweat bees are always so pretty. Cuckoo wasp and related wasps as well as orchid bees are lovely too.



#19 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 27 2020 - 3:11 PM

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Mmm, metallic sweat bees are always so pretty. Cuckoo wasp and related wasps as well as orchid bees are lovely too.

I need to get a photo of the metallic blue cuckoo wasps I see here.

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#20 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 27 2020 - 3:34 PM

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I only seem to see native bees by the harbor sadly :(


Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

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