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#41 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 18 2021 - 5:57 AM

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Yeah, he’s local to me and a really cool dude, basically the Indiana Jones of native bees. I want to be him if and when I grow up.
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#42 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 18 2021 - 9:46 AM

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Male Bombus bimaculatus feeding on Monarda fistulosa:
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This is an uncommon color morph with extra yellow banding on the gaster.


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#43 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 18 2021 - 10:37 AM

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Nice shot (y)



#44 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 24 2021 - 9:51 AM

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I don’t think I have a lot of species diversity in my yard. It’s actually hard to tell since according to iNaturalist (but curiously not BeeWatch)  I seem to suck at bee speciation too :facepalm: Anyway, I’m trying to capture bees in flight. My ID’ing impediment aside, I think this is Bombus impatiens
 

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Because of the yellow hair on its first tergum, I think this is Bombus bimaculatus 
 
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and this is Apis melifera
 
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#45 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 24 2021 - 12:01 PM

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That’s a Bombus bimaculatus male. If you want to increase bumble bee diversity try adding more native plants that are good sources of pollen like native roses, Baptisia, and partridge pea. Native thistles and Monardas will really draw them in, too!
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#46 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 25 2021 - 4:02 AM

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That’s a Bombus bimaculatus male. If you want to increase bumble bee diversity try adding more native plants that are good sources of pollen like native roses, Baptisia, and partridge pea. Native thistles and Monardas will really draw them in, too!

Ha! I remember mistaking a C pennsylvanicus major for a queen :facepalm: I’m nowhere near being able to identify bumblebee gender :thinking: Desperately in need of a bumblebee field guide! As to the plants, my wife has the green thumb in the family. We’ll be set for spring 2022 :yes:


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#47 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 25 2021 - 4:42 AM

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This site is great! https://wisconsinbum...-guide/species/
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#48 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 26 2021 - 7:28 AM

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Halictids on Rosa Carolina. Bees love the high quality pollen from this native rose!

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#49 Online Antkeeper01 - Posted June 26 2021 - 7:33 AM

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nice pics


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#50 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted June 29 2021 - 8:25 PM

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A new find! Bombus griseocollis in/on Climbing Prairie Roses

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#51 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 30 2021 - 1:31 AM

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A new find! Bombus griseocollis in/on Climbing Prairie Roses





Beautiful! I’m a big fan of this species now.
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#52 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 1 2021 - 6:52 PM

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Over the past two days I’ve done some shooting. Still trying to capture bees in flight. First the commonly seen, Apis melifera hovering near Asclepias syriaca, Common Milkweed. It’s  taken me a few days to figure out the flower with help from ANTDrew (Thanks!).  

 

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Bombus impatiens in Climbing Prairie Roses
 
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A Leafcutter Bee Megachile sp. hovering by a Nepeta racemosa blossom. 
 
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#53 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 2 2021 - 2:26 AM

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These photos are getting better and better!
That first photo is a milkweed, probably Asclepias syriaca.
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#54 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 2 2021 - 4:21 AM

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Thanks, I’m working on them! iNaturalist suggested Climbing Milkweed but the flowers didn’t match. I ended up googling milkweed plants native to Massachusetts. Out of the 5 varieties (common, butterflyweed, swamp, whorled, and poke), Whorled Milkweed flowers matched. I’ll correct the post. 



#55 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 2 2021 - 4:27 AM

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Send me a photo of the leaves, and I’ll narrow it down. iNaturalist ain’t doing too well with your plant requests.
Edit: if the plant is a volunteer you just found in your yard or wild, I’d say there’s a 99.5% chance it’s common milkweed.

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#56 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 2 2021 - 4:42 AM

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Wow! I literally just joined iNaturalist, and the plant IDs are abysmal.
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#57 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted July 2 2021 - 8:12 AM

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Over the past two days I’ve done some shooting. Still trying to capture bees in flight. First the commonly seen, Apis melifera hovering near Asclepias verticillata, Whorled Milkweed (It took me a few days to figure out the flower).  
 

 

 
 

Bombus impatiens in Climbing Prairie Roses
 
 
 

 
 
A Leafcutter Bee Megachile sp. hovering by a Nepeta racemosa blossom. 
 

 

Those pictures are absolutely stunning even without the wings in focus. Keep up the good work!


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#58 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 2 2021 - 12:31 PM

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Thanks Kaelwizard, I was shooting at 1/1000 th of a second and it was a bit overcast. I was afraid to use a faster shutter speed without better light  and I didn’t have my flash attached. I’m still working at it!


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#59 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 7 2021 - 6:32 PM

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I believe this is a Mason Bee hovering in Cat mint

 

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Bombus impatiens 
 
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Finally, genus Ceratina, subgenus Zadontomerus

 

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#60 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 7 2021 - 6:40 PM

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Stunning!
That first one looks like Osmia lignaria, but it is kind of late in the year for them to be active. You are further north, though.

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