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  1. #1
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    Had a friend tell me that dragonflies do not kill bees. The next day I found this beside a hive in my apiary. Squashed the dragonfly, which dropped the bee it was munching on.

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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

    That is a Robber Fly, Diptera:Asilidae

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    Yep that's a robber fly I still wouldn't worry about them. Your friend is wrong though dragon flies do snack on honey bees usually see them snagging bees out of mid air in my yards.

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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

    Quote Originally Posted by RichM View Post
    That is a Robber Fly, Diptera:Asilidae
    lol. Well...don't I feel foolish. Appreciate the insights.

    bb

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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

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    Some Robber Flies are bumblebee mimics, so it looks like a bumblebee is eating a honey bee.

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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

    I dunno, i see my bees chasing dragonflies out of the flight paths at times, I'm sure they snack on a few but honestly, who cares, won't eat enough to make a difference, same with the robber flies, let nature be nature sometimes....

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    The only times they are a real problem is when virgins are flying to mate. The number of my virgins returning to their nucs drop by 20-30%.
    42 + years - 24 colonies - IPM disciple - Naturally Skeptic

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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

    We loose bees to Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, Flycatchers...AND....Dragonflies....all taking their turns....all Summer Long.

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    It really annoys me when I see birds (blue jays mostly) perched near our hives watching the bees and then--swoop!--they fly by and take a snack. Not much I can do I know, and, like others have said, probably doesn't make much of a difference, but still...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    It really annoys me when I see birds (blue jays mostly) perched near our hives watching the bees and then--swoop!--they fly by and take a snack. Not much I can do I know, and, like others have said, probably doesn't make much of a difference, but still...
    lol I know what you mean. I'm willing to give up some bees, it's the circle of life thing. I get it. What I don't like is giving up queens on their mating flights. In the Fall, there's little room for error. But...it's how things go.

    I pay my son for each "hunter" he kills in the bee yard. He loves hunting and I love that he's outside and off the computer.

    bb
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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

    I would have thought that was a DragonFly as well. Earlier in the summer, we noticed a lot of DragonFlies hanging around the hives and snagging an occasional bee out of the air. I figured they weren't getting enough to hurt, and we had a lot more being eaten by birds. We enjoyed watching the activity and acrobatics.

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    We call those insects "Bee Killers."
    But dragonflies still do eat bees. I've seen it!
    Somebody forgot to give my bees a copy of the book.
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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

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    Happened to glance and notice this walking back from my hives the other day.

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    What is that?

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    Some sort of a crab spider I believe I'll post another pic that shows it a little better. IMG_0510.jpg

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    Default Re: Confirmed Killer

    Surely you could spare one bee.

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    Looks like its carrying an egg sack.

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