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Subject:  Wild Honey Bee Hive
Location:  Elyria Canyon Park, Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date:  January 28, 2017 10:00 AM
We never had a chance to post this image we shot of a wild Honey Bee Hive in a hollow California Black Walnut Tree in Elyria Canyon Park.

Wild Honey Bee Hive

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Subject: Furry large fly?
Location: Washington state
May 18, 2017 6:34 pm
This bug circles people really fast, especially hiking in Seattle area, spring through summer. No interest in dog or horse. Hasn’t tried to bite me just circles like crazy. Really loud buzzing, size of a nickel. Sometimes the body is yellow instead of orange. Super fuzzy body. What attracts it, seems like scented deodorants? Hair shampoo? I just want it to let me be.
Signature: Make it stop!

Bumble Bee Carnage

Dear Make it stop!,
We cannot, but you obviously did.  This appears to be a beneficial native Bumble Bee, perhaps the Hunt’s Bumble Bee that is pictured on BugGuide, and it appears to be very dead.  By your own admission, it does not bother dogs nor horses, and it seems the worst thing you can accuse it of is of buzzing really loud and flying in circles.  We have no choice but to tag this as Unnecessary Carnage and we would strongly urge you to refrain from hiking if you can’t deal with the wildlife.

Facebook Comment from Cindy
This might very well be a troll. Even if it isn’t, yes that’s a horrible thing to do. Poor Bee. 🙁

Facebook Comment from Heather
What kind of a**hole kills a bumblebee?

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Subject: orange bee in Cuba
Location: Sierra del Rosario near Las Terrazas in Cuba
April 28, 2017 4:48 am
Dear WTB team.
Could you please help me with the identification of this loud orange bee? Here are the details:
Location: Sierra del Rosario near Las Terrazas in Cuba
Time and date: 26th February 2017 – 13:30h
Size: about 1,5 cm, maybe 2 cm (0.59 inch, maybe 0.79 inch)
I did some search in the Internet, until now I have only come up with this orange bee: valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta). But that’s probably not the one, since you can find him only in the western parts of America.
Thanks in advance dear WTB team,
best regards,
Signature: Becky from Munich-Germany

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Becky,
This is definitely a male Carpenter Bee in the genus
Xylocopa, and it does resemble a male Valley Carpenter Bee found in the Southwestern United States, but as you found out, it is not reported from the Caribbean.  Many species in the genus Xylocopa exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism, and males are frequently golden in color.  We did find a FlickR image of a black female Cuban Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa cubaecola, and we suspect your images are of a male from the same species.

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Daniel.
Thanks a lot for the identification! And what an interesting bee, look at the male and female… totally different!!
B.t.w., really love your site, I can learn a lot from it and it helps me a lot to identify my insekt pics.
🙂
Bye-bye, Becky
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Subject: honey bees?? or wasps?
Location: detroit, michigan, u.s.a.
April 5, 2017 7:44 pm
every spring (now later march early april) i get many of the attached ?bees? all over my kid’s bright yellow slide. they also hover all over the buds of my maple trees. i used to spray to kill them and then figured if these are honey bees i don’t want to kill them all off. they have odd white noses like some wasps (bald faced wasp) but the wings look like a bee, yet the hind legs do not.
Signature: john n

Longhorned Bees

Dear John,
These are neither Honey Bees nor Wasps, but they are Solitary Bees.  We are pretty confident these are male Longhorned Bees in the tribe Eucerini based on images posted to BugGuide.  Male Bees are incapable of stinging, and female Longhorned Bees are very reluctant to sting.  Since they pose no threat to your children, and since they are native pollinators, we hope you dispense with the insecticide.

Thanks so much!
I am glad I chose not to continue trying to eliminate of them this year … I originally had many problems with ants and had thought these were young queens, but this year I paused and looked closely and suspected it being a bee.
John

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Subject: What bug is this
Location: Baguio City, Philippines
April 3, 2017 8:21 pm
I can’t seem to find what kind of is this. Please help me. I want to share how beautiful this bug is. 😁
I live in the coldest city in a tropical county. It’s near summer but the city is still affected by cool northeast winds (amihan season), about 15 to 25 degrees Celsius typical temperature in a day.
Signature: Kasi

Carpenter Bee

Dear Kasi,
We are quite confident that this is a male Carpenter Bee, but we have not had any luck locating an image from the Philippines to verify our suspicion.  Here is a North American male Carpenter Bee for comparison.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist with a matching photo.

Carpenter Bee

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Subject: Biggest Bumble Bee I Have Ever Seen
Location: Glendale, CA
March 17, 2017 5:04 pm
Dear Bugman,
I near Los Angeles, CA and saw this HUGE and distinctly colored Bumble Bee outside my door today. It’s orange color, big bristly fur, and yellow head were too cool not to go outside and get a closer look. Can you help me in identifying what species of Bumble Bee I got the pleasure to see today?
Thanks,
Signature: Teacher Todd

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Teacher Todd,
This is not a Bumble Bee.  This is a male Valley Carpenter Bee, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism.  Even larger females are black and look like a different species.  The golden male Valley Carpenter Bees are usually seen only in the spring, though the females that live much longer are found at other times of the year.  Here is an image of a mating pair of Valley Carpenter Bees from our archives.

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

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