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I have black bees that only show up at my feeders around this time of the year.
I live in Connecticut
then they disappear and I don't see them till next year.
dose anyone know what kind they are ? I tried to attach a pic but I am unable to
if someone who knows how to post pics, could email me,
then i can send them a pic and they could post the pic
Thanks for all your help :)
Neal email me at [email protected]
 

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Maybe mason bees? I still think its early for them yet, even here in Ohio. Take a look on Google images and see if thats your guy. I build houses for them here and have had no activity yet though?
 

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Yes, if they are littler than honeybees, quick moving, and blueish metallic black.
Native blue orchard mason bees or some other type of small solitary bee.
They live solitary lives, nest in tube-like crevices, die after 6 or 8 weeks, don't make honey and don't sting unless squeezed.
Read up in the "Alternative Pollinators" forum here for more info on providing them with helpful nesting sites, etc.
 

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they dont look like that they look just like honey bees but a little smaller
Go to photo bucket or flicker and upload the picture then copy and paste the address in browser when you are looking at the pic on photo bucket.

Here is a couple pics of apis m. m. I dont know why some are so long but they will bring you to picks of true blacks. I was looking for ones that have black wings. When I first saw this I thought they could not be honeybees.

http://www.stark.st/foundation/apis_mm01.jpg

http://images.google.com/imgres?img...l=en&sa=G&rlz=1C1GPEA_enUS317US317&tbs=isch:1

http://images.google.com/imgres?img...N&rlz=1C1GPEA_enUS317US317&ndsp=20&tbs=isch:1

http://images.google.com/imgres?img...N&rlz=1C1GPEA_enUS317US317&ndsp=20&tbs=isch:1
 

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Robber bees will often appear black because all their hair has been ripped out while fighting. Most of the bees you see now are at the end of their life, having gone through winter. Maybe some lost their hair during the course of the winter.

Some feral hives around here have dark/black worker bees. Quite a few of the bees from one of my Russian hives are pretty dark.
 

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Here are the pics. Posting these for Neal/Cheryl.



 

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Looks like an andrenid to me, in the family Andrenidae. Probably in the genus Andrena. Definitely not a honey bee.
 

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The black bees I have around here, are smaller than regular honey bees, no hair, solid black, with no hint of stripes.
 
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