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  1. #1
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    Jun 2007
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    Atlanta, GA
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    Default Watching a bunch of bumbles today...

    more than a hundred working a ton of cherry blossoms in multiple trees. I assume they were bumbles - they were huge, black with yellow/gold fuzz on the uppper body.

    Anywho - their behavior was interesting. 2 were hovering near me about 3.5 feet up, well away from the blossoms, one about 4 inches above and 1 inch behind the other. The one that was behind suddenly rushed in and grabbed the other one from the back and flew off with her at a high speed. Was this mating or something? Territory defending?

    Saw others hovierng just below the top of a hedge. They would pop up and zoom at other bees agressively. Not sure what that was about, but reminded me of men fighting from foxholes. 90% of the bee's were quietly and happily working the blooms, but the others were actually more entertaining.

    I know nothing of Bumbles - anyone with some knowlege and experience care to comment?

  2. #2
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    Jan 2003
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    Kiel WI, USA
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    It sorta sounds like the behavior of male carpenter bees to me.

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