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  1. #1
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    Default Help Identifying this bee?

    I live in Northern WI, found a bunch of these in an apple tree here in town. They are smaller and much darker than my bees. Any idea what brand they may be?
    Thank You

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    Looks like a hornet

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    cicada killer

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphecius_speciosus

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    Quote Originally Posted by FlowerPlanter View Post
    cicada killer

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphecius_speciosus

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    No prize, and I do not know the answer either! LOL I did take a look at the link, it is not that wasp though.

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    Looks like a mason bee

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    I believe it's a sweat bee. There are a number of them which share those colorations but I'm not an entomologist and don't know ranges.

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    I don't think it is a cicada killer. cicada killers are really big. like 3 times the size of the original poster's pics.

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    We have them around here, they are completely non aggressive, you can be right next to them and watch them drag cicadas in their underground burrows. The started coming out about 2 weeks ago. Seem smaller than previous year's, where I have seem 2" maybe even 2.5". That one look like the same size as the ones around here this year. The are solitary and most of the time fly low to the ground. They avoid you but if your slow you can get close to them and their burrow

    from Wiki
    "Adult eastern cicada killer wasps are large, 1.5 to 5.0 centimeters (0.6 to 2.0 in) long,"

    It fits the sized and has the same red brown wings
    Last edited by FlowerPlanter; 06-05-2014 at 09:54 AM.

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    From the OPs description, there were a bunch in an apple tree. Sounds like a communal dweller - which might rule out the cicada killer.

    Edit - it also appears to have hairs on its head which to me would suggest a bee.

    I still say it's a sweat bee - halictus rubicundus, specifically...although if it IS indeed social, it's probably something else (although I'd still say something similar).
    Last edited by hedges; 06-05-2014 at 10:42 AM.

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    Looks like one of these.
    Zone 6b; Elv.3,600 ft.(1,097m); AA Rain 20.36 in. (51.72 cm)

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    >They are smaller and much darker than my bees.

    Leaf cutter bee. A reference for size would be helpful...
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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    Thank you everyone, it looks like a leaf cutter bee to me from the pictures and links that you provided. I should have put in a reference size, I agree, sorry about that.

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    If it's a lot smaller than a honeybee, then it is probably a sweat bee. There are so many bees with that coloration. My favorite place to go to for bee identification is http://bugguide.net/
    it has many thousands of pictures of bees.
    Here's a little sweat bee from my yard.
    beeHalictus7222012.jpg
    Here's one type of leaf cutter bee (there are many)
    beeleafcutter6202012.jpg
    Another
    bee742012.jpg

    Soooo many bees!

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    Quote Originally Posted by tabby View Post
    If it's a lot smaller than a honeybee, then it is probably a sweat bee. There are so many bees with that coloration. My favorite place to go to for bee identification is http://bugguide.net/
    it has many thousands of pictures of bees.
    Here's a little sweat bee from my yard.
    beeHalictus7222012.jpg
    Here's one type of leaf cutter bee (there are many)
    beeleafcutter6202012.jpg
    Another
    bee742012.jpg

    Soooo many bees!
    Wow, that is a list. Thank you for the link!

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    I have to agree that is does seem to be a Leaf cutter bee of some species

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/7751/bgimage

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    Default Re: Help Identifying this bee?

    Leaf cutter or a hornface mason bee. Good bee, no sting. Excellent pollinators
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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