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  1. #1
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    Question white and black bee?!?

    Today, and a few days this past week, while I was out in my garden, watching my girls forage on my lavender bushes, I also noticed several bees that looked a little different. They were black and white, with very distinct stripes. They were fuzzy, just like a honey bee, and about the same size. Any idea what this might be? Kinda curious, and I'm not able to find a good pic online. I took a couple pics, but I left my camera out in my motorcycle, so I'll have to upload them tomorrow. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: white and black bee?!?

    Sounds like Carniolan honey bee to me. Here's a pic...

    http://image.absoluteastronomy.com/i...auf_wabe_1.jpg

    or here with a TinyURL...

    http://tinyurl.com/29yt6wt
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: white and black bee?!?

    Might be, the ones I saw were much whiter, though...

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    Default Re: white and black bee?!?

    Maybe a bald-faced hornet?

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    Default Re: white and black bee?!?

    They may also have been alkali bees (Nomia melanderi), or a species of leafcutter.
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    Default Re: white and black bee?!?

    "I'm not able to find a good pic online."

    Maybe you can find what bee/insect it is here: Bugguide. > http://bugguide.net/index.php?q=sear...&search=Search

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    Default Re: white and black bee?!?

    From those pictures, I'm thinking it's a leaf-cutter... looks just like this one:

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    Default Re: white and black bee?!?

    Don't forget about squash bees, they are also black and white and as well yet another native solitary bee.

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