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    Default Bumble bee

    Was just at my hive and was watching and I see this bumblebee land on the ground beside the hive. Looked at it and looked like it had pollen on it which I have seen before. Looking closer it it has a honey bee in its mouth to my surprise. Didn't have my phone to get picture but I did swat at it and dropped it. Anyone every see this?

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    Default Re: Bumble bee

    Are you sure it wasn't a robber fly? Some species of the genus Laphria are similar in size and appearance to bumble bees, and they are insect eaters. --Steve

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    Default Re: Bumble bee

    Possible just looked liked a bumblebee. If they look like one then it could of been.

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    Default Re: Bumble bee

    Robber fly feeding on a bee (R. Bessin, 2003)


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    Default Re: Bumble bee

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    Robber fly feeding on a bee (R. Bessin, 2003)

    That is fascinating! I had no idea robber flies existed.

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    Default Re: Bumble bee

    Yes there are occasional comments people seeing "bumblebees" doing terrible things, I think those robber flies get bumblebees a bad rep!

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    Default Re: Bumble bee

    yeah i once heard how someone with a 3 frame med nuc had his queen killed by "a totally demonic bumble bee" LOL XD (edit) btw she was on her mating flight

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    Default Re: Bumble bee

    Another bad rap bumblebees get is there similar appearance to carpenter bees. They are extremely similar. The abdomen on a carpenter bee is smooth and a bumblebee has fuzz/hair on their abdomen.

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