Subject: Bee I.D. help, please!
Location: Bridgeport, CT
August 7, 2015 7:21 am
Hello! I would love your help in identifying this cluster of bees I spotted in the early morning on one of my sunflowers. Someone I asked thought they were long-horned bees. Could that be right?
Signature: Kate

Bachelor Party:  Male Longhorned Bees

Bachelor Party: Male Longhorned Bees

Dear Katy,
We agree that these are male Longhorned Bees in the tribe Eucerini, and according to BugGuide, they can be identified because they are:  “Hairy bees, typically with pale hair bands on the metasoma. Males typically have very long antennae.”  Since you found them early in the morning, they probably spent the night in this aggregation that is sometimes known as a bachelor party.

Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut

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