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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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#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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Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Pheidole californica 100-50 workers, 4 Queens
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~lots and lots of brood / ~too many workers, 1 Queen
(x8) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x5) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~15 workers, 1 Queen

A little topic I'm working on: https://www.formicul...ve/#entry164553

 


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

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Late season Bombus impatiens queen on Zinnia

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Hylaeus bee on Rosa Carolina:
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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:
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This is a dozing male:
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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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#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:
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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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#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 :(


Colonies:                                                                             Founding Queens

Nylanderia vividula   (500+ workers)  

Lasius cf. americanus   (80+ workers)                                                          

Lasius niger   (15 workers)                                                      Lasius cf. crypticusx2(in Hibernation)                     

Pheidole navigans   (30+workers and a major)                                        

Temnothorax cf. nevadensis x4,(Largest colony has six workers, and the smallest, one.)

Cardiocondyla mauritanica( 2 queens, 1 worker, queens and worker likely budding out when caught)

Solenopsis truncorum(13 workers)         

Solenopsis molesta (6 workers)           





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