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    Default F-22 vs Mig29

    I have a particular type of large black shiny-butt bee (not wasp) that is flying sorties over my hives and picking off my HB's mid-air. I have actually observed a mach-3 chase where the HB was making alien-spaceship 90 degree evasive manuvers, pulling 9 g's easy with shiny-butt right on his tail matching turn-for-turn.

    There is a ground nest of some bumble bees 40 feet from my hives, but other than matching each other size-wise, I'm not noticing the bright yellow collar typical of the BB, and the BB's I observe around the yard are much slower and (yes) bumbling than these raptors. They much more resemble carpenter bees (yes, I am very familiar with both).

    Any ideas?
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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    Could it have been a Bald-Faced Hornet or Robber Fly?

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    Another link that sounds like what you are describing. Scroll down on the page a bit to the Bumblebee mimic.

    http://www.cirrusimage.com/Flies_robber.htm

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    I would guess it is a robber fly. TK

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    I managed to bring one down with my hand-fired stinger missile (tennis racket) after repeated attempts & unknown cost to the millitary budget (took a bad hit in one of the engine air-intake vents).

    They are definitely bumble bees, as I have researched the issue.

    SOooo. I have looked for some sort of reference for their predatory nature, and came up blank. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a protectionary response for their adjacent hive? Is a competative response re pollen/nectar? Are they using the bees as a food source - either their bodies, or the goddies the HB's are returning to the hive?

    A questioning mind wants to know.
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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    How about a pic?

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    Sounds like classic carpenter bee to me. Very territorial. I have them here and have seen them chase the honey bees.
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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    I would say bumble bee mimic, depending on where you live. If so, yes they are eating your bees! Keep that tennis racket (land to air missile) handy.

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    Except those don't have shiny butts!
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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    Lol. Missed that part... hoodswoods, did you get a pic of the bandit after taking it down? Was it white faced with a shiny butt, partially hairy/partially slick like a mimic, or shaped like a robber fly? What about size?

    In the right light, I guess any butt can seem shiny... lol.

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    Must have been the chemtrail playing tricks on his visual!
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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    I agree with Barry. Most likely a carpenter bee.

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    A new species - moon bee

    It's a bee, see? Double wing set. Not a fly (ie robber/mimic) single wing.

    We have both - carpenter & bumble, have plenty of bald-faced & perhaps european (or something just as big and mean-looking?) wasps rarely.

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    Seeing hair on the abdomen leads me to believe it's a Bombus, but its behavior is more like a Carpenter.
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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    I've killed literally hundreds of carpenter bees at a way-back-in-the-woods cabin we rent every year. It's kind of a sport while enjoying my morning coffee. A lot of them were a bit furry on the back side like the one in the picture.

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    Default Re: F-22 vs Mig29

    At first glance, I would say bb... but could you take another pic of it sit beside a quarter? This would help us determine the exact size. Thanks!

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