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dogwood flower infestation
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Subject: dogwood flower infestation
Location: Atlanta, Ga
March 27, 2012 9:49 pm
These wasp-looking creatures are in about 1/4 of the flowers on my dogwood this year. The tree seems very healthy otherwise.
Signature: CV

Solitary Bees on Dogwood

Dear CV,
These are some species of Solitary Bee and they are beneficial.  As such, this should not be referred to as an infestation.  We believe your bees are in the family Megachilidae that includes Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees and you can see many examples of these bees on BugGuide.  Though the detail in your photo is limited and we cannot make out the exact identity of your species, the individual that is facing the camera appears to have a light face.  That doesn’t seem to match the appearance of the Blue Orchard Mason Bee that is pictured on a dogwood blossom on this informative posting on the Pencil and Leaf website.

Correction courtesy of John Ascher
April 22, 2012
probably Andrena males, not Megachilidae.

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Further to the Blue Banded Bee
Location: Queensland
February 1, 2012 6:52 pm
Hi guys,
As pointed out in the link you provided on my previous picture, the males of this species cluster together and hang by their jaws (?)at night from a grass stem or leaf. Here is a shot taken late afternoon on a very overcast day of a pair settling in for the night.
Signature: aussietrev

Blue Banbed Bees

Hi Trevor,
Thanks for sending this further documentation to augment your original submission of a Blue Banded Bee.  Aggregations of male Solitary Bees bedding down together for the night, a phenomenon known as a bachelor party, is not an unknown occurrence on our website.

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One for your collection
Location: Queensland. Australia
January 21, 2012 12:33 am
Hi guys,
Seems you don’t have this guy in the database, or at least the search engine didn’t bring it up for me. These guys, the Blue-banded Bee – Amegilla cingulata, are becoming a very important pollinators for commercial crops as the Small Hive Beetle infests many European Honey Bee nests in Queensland and wipes them out.
Signature: Aussietrev

Blue Banded Bee

Dear Trevor,
Thanks so much for providing us with another wonderful and underrepresented species from Australia.  We are able to link to the Brisbane Insect website which has some nice images of the Blue Banded Bee.  As you indicate, with modern threats to domestic Honey Bee populations, Solitary native bees are becoming increasingly important as pollinators. 

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Meet at the Red Barn in Elyria Canyon Park at 9:30 AM.

From Left: Clare, Elizabeth, Jerry, Monique, Mark, Julia and Julia with her dog on a leash.

The Coyote Melon is a squash plant that has taken root in the meadow near the big dead walnut tree, and it is beginning to set fruit.  This sprawling plant is a native and it can be found wild on the hill on a winding hairpin curve above La Abeja restaurant on the East Side of Mt Washington in the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood.

Coyote Melon Plant

We expect native bees are pollinating the blossoms and perhaps getting trapped inside when the blossoms close.

Coyote Melon Blossoms

For more information on the Coyote Melon or Coyote Gourd, Cucurbita palmata, visit Cold Splinters.  There are some beautiful photos on Northern California Flora.

Two unripe Coyote Melons

Update:  September 25, 2011
Due to a very low turnout of volunteers and the absence of one of the cohosts, the work party ended a bit early today after plants in the nursery were watered and some Castor Beans and Poison Hemlock were pulled out.




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Daniel – Bird Bath Rescue
Location: Hawthorne, CA
August 20, 2011 1:35 pm
Here’s a small fly that I pulled out of the bird bath last week. The photo isn’t great, but I’m hoping it’s good enough for you to be able to identify.
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Yellow Masked Bee

Hi Anna,
We realized when we first looked at this photo two days ago that it was a bee and not a fly, but we did not have an identification, so we did not write back.  We have now identified this little creature as a Yellow Masked Bee in the genus
Hylaeus, thanks to this photo posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, there are over 50 species in North America, and we do not have the necessary skills to identify this individual beyond the genus level.

Many thanks for the id on this little bee.  Maybe one day I’ll finally stop mixing up my bees and flies.  I don’t have many bees that plunk themselves into the birdbath, and this was a very small one.  My eyes aren’t what they used to be!

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Spider eating bee
Location: Vancouver Island BC Canada
August 1, 2011 3:34 pm
My friend in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, BC Canada took this picture this morning on his daisies. A voracious little white spider that is enormously successful capturing and killing other insects. What is this spider’s name?
Signature: Sharon J

Crab Spider Eats Bee

Hi Sharon,
The scientific name for your spider is
Misumena vatia, and it has several common names, including Crab Spider because of its general shape, and Flower Spider because of its habit of waiting on flowers for pollinating insects.  Crab Spiders are able to change color to match their surroundings, and your white Crab Spider blends perfectly with the white petals of the blossom.

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