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  1. #1
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    Default Drone Bee Foraging??

    Here is a picture of what appears to be a drone working the mums. I watched for awhile and he just went from flower to flower. I saw one on a different day working the same flowers. I thought they did not forage but I am still learning! P1280470a.jpgP1280478a.jpgP1280486a.jpg

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    Default Re: Drone Bee Foraging??

    I'm wondering if he got kicked out of a hive, and is looking for food - any food. When you're starving...

    Tony P.
    There must be a harder way to do that... let me find it for you.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Drone Bee Foraging??

    Hoverfly???
    Clay
    BlakelysBees.com

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Drone Bee Foraging??

    I believe what you are looking at is something called a drone fly, which looks like a drone honey bee.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Drone Bee Foraging??

    Not a bee, but a fly. It's a mimic.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Drone Bee Foraging??

    Great pics, BTW.... I'd be interested to know what kind of camera gear/setup you used for them?

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Drone Bee Foraging??

    I thought at first it was a fly be the eyes but then the rest of it looked like a honey bee so I was confused! I am glad to know now that it is a fly!! The camera I used is a Panasonic FZ-150.

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    Default Re: Drone Bee Foraging??

    That's okay. It's beneficial to the fly for those observing it to be confused and mistaken.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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