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  1. #1
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    Default Hairy black bee in Tucson desert

    There is a black bee, that somewhat resembles a small bumble bee, it usually focuses on the bloom of the Ironwood trees, but the unusual cold weather has prevented the bloom of the Ironwood. I noticed that Mesquite has begun to bloom and that instead of working the Ironwood (which doesn't appear to be blooming this year), these bees are working the Mesquite blooms. I've not seen these bees work Mesquite before - interesting, I wonder if they are feeding on Mesquite in desperation and as an alternative to their usual source.
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    Default Re: Hairy black bee in Tucson desert

    Sounds like the big, black, carpenter bees we have here in New Mexico. Do they have a sort of metallic green sheen to them?

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    Default Re: Hairy black bee in Tucson desert

    These are actually about 1/3 the size of those carpenter bees, we have those too - they like to nest in some dead cut stalks of Arundo donax. The entire bodies of these smaller black bees are completely covered with long dark black hairs, their abdomens are short, almost round and I haven't located any of their nests, yet.
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    Default Re: Hairy black bee in Tucson desert

    We were in Albuquerque last week and one of my brother in laws trees had shiny glossy black bees all over it. They looked like honeybees but were just as black as can bee....

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    Default Re: Hairy black bee in Tucson desert

    I have also seen some here in New Mexico that are really small, like a honeybee, but bright yellow and a sort of pea green color. Really brightly colored little critter - Probably some sort of Mason type bee.

    We also have the market cornered on odd looking wasps here in the desert.

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