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  1. #1
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    Default trying to identify the alternate pollinators visiting my yard

    I noticed what appear to be sweat bees (see pic below) in my wifes foxglove. I didn't realize that they harvest anything other than sweat, but they were definitely interested in the foxglove and my broccoli. Is this a definitely a sweat bee?



    There was also a large completely solid black bee (no pic)in the foxglove and I have no idea what it was. Any idea on what that one could be?

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    Default Re: trying to identify the alternate pollinators visiting my yard

    It looks like it only has two wings, so I think it's a type of flower fly.

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    Default Re: trying to identify the alternate pollinators visiting my yard

    that's a good observation. It does look like it could be a type of hover fly

    Quote Originally Posted by MJC417 View Post
    It looks like it only has two wings, so I think it's a type of flower fly.

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    Default Re: trying to identify the alternate pollinators visiting my yard

    Also has 'fly eyes', not bee eyes.
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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