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  1. #1
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    I have been having problems with a large (app. 1 inch long) insect killing my bees. It is red in color W/ green eyes. It seems to ambush them when they are away from the hive (getting nectar or water). Within 10 minutes I have killed around 15, and missed probably that many more. I was wondering if any others have had this experience, and could tell me what these critters are.

  2. #2
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    Fremont, New Hampshire, USA
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    Dragonfly?

    If yes, then there really isn't much you can do.
    They have to eat too.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2005
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    Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
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    robber fly,orbeekiller. varied appearance, from mousy to brilliantly colored tolookingjust likea bee

  4. #4
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    Sep 2004
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    Devils Lake, North Dakota
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    someone posted a nice pic of a robber fly with a bee in its grasp. try a search on robber fly

  5. #5
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    McAlester, OK
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  6. #6
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    Conway, AR
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    Thanks for the list of different Robber Flys, Jim.
    I have always wondered what they were, but never enough to research them. The dragonflys are always a more serious threat. The robber flys never seem to appear in great numbers around the apiary. This is the one I see: Tipulogaster glabrata
    I stand in the road in front of my apiary, look up and see hundreds of dragonflys hovering in the bee's flightpath.
    Jon, N6VC/5

  7. #7
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    Jun 2005
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    Southwest Missouri
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    Thanks for the info it they are robber flies. This is the first year I have noticed them in this great of numbers. These things seem to all over the place. I am also having the problem with the dragonflies, and again thanks for the info.

  8. #8
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    Jun 2005
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    White County, Arkansas
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    I've noticed a smaller thinner version of a YJ. It looks exactly like a YJ and after not getting through my robber screen went under the hive to my SBB. A few minutes later it was seen in a corner underneath and some of the girls lined up around the area inside. Is this a sports model of a YJ? I just hope it doesn't get inside. I have only seen one or two larger wasps or hornets since we got our lone hive and what were here left. Quick. David

  9. #9
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    There is a more streamlined yellow and black paper wasp I have a lot of around here. Is that what you see?
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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