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    Default Bee ID help

    Can someone tell me what they think this species might be? I just noticed these in my garden for the first time today. They're a bit larger than a honeybee, but not as large as a typical bumble bee. Also, their flight is very similar to the orchid bee in that it tends to hover like a hummingbird and then dart away rapidly. I live in Dallas, Tx if that helps in narrowing down the species. Tried to upload the image directly, but it kept failing so here's a link to my imgur page: http://imgur.com/3zsZ3

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    Looks like a wood boreing bee to me cause of the size of the head. They like nector and wood is their diet I have some in a hive on my porch don't seem to mess with the bees. Their clumbsy and fun to watch There bite hurts alot worse than a sting.

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    Default Re: Bee ID help

    Quote Originally Posted by Riverratbees View Post
    Looks like a wood boreing bee to me cause of the size of the head. They like nector and wood is their diet I have some in a hive on my porch don't seem to mess with the bees. Their clumbsy and fun to watch There bite hurts alot worse than a sting.
    They look like carpenter bee's, they can destroy wood, they love old barns, I kill all I can

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    I'm with Ted ,carpenter Bee ,and they aren't just in Texas,but i wish they were,would save me a call every year about bees in a building that i don't want

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    Default Re: Bee ID help

    That's not a carpenter bee, its carrying pollen on its hind legs. Looks more like a bumble bee, like an impatiens.
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    Default Re: Bee ID help

    rwuster bumble bees have ylw on their abdomen,or atleast i always thought they were supposed to have yellow on their abdomen

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    Default Re: Bee ID help

    First of all, nice photo. It seems like a bumblebee, and B impatiens seems probable, although I do not know Texas bees - we don't have it in western WA, (our narrow little niche) but B impatiens is a common eastern bbee. As best as I can tell, only a few bees, all highly social, have corbicula (pollen baskets); of the corbicula bearing bees, only honey bees and bumblebees are North American.

    As for i.d., here are two very good links.
    Bugguide is strong on photos and has many helpful members. Here is their bumblebee link: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3077
    DiscoverLife is oriented to using a checklist sort of key, including winnowing it down by location and by as many features as you can observe. However, they also have an excellent photo library. Check out this photo of B impatiens by Sherry Pollock: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20p?a...,I_SOP2607.jpg.

    By the way, while this pollen basket narrows down the i.d. on this bee to a female bumblebee, bees that lack a basket include male and parasitic bumblebees. (Male bees do not gather pollen except incidentally.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeekGeek View Post
    Can someone tell me what they think this species might be? I just noticed these in my garden for the first time today. They're a bit larger than a honeybee, but not as large as a typical bumble bee. Also, their flight is very similar to the orchid bee in that it tends to hover like a hummingbird and then dart away rapidly. I live in Dallas, Tx if that helps in narrowing down the species. Tried to upload the image directly, but it kept failing so here's a link to my imgur page: http://imgur.com/3zsZ3

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    Default Re: Bee ID help

    Howdy Folks,

    The bee in the image is a female Xylocopa, a carpenter bee.

    2 obvious characters are the scopa - pollen carrying apparatus on the hind legs, and the mouth parts.

    Bumblebees do have corbicula which are a wide concave structure on the tibia rimmed with bristles. Comparatively, a scopa is a mass of bristles which can occur on the hind legs or on other parts of the body, such as the abdomen in leafcutter bees.

    Many native species of bees have a scopa on the hind legs.

    Hope this was helpful,

    Cheers

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