Subject: Agressive towards honeybees
Geographic location of the bug: Sonoma, California
Time: 12:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: In my aunts garden the statchys is blooming. There are so many different pollinators, including many honeybees. This insect caught our eye. It hovers, has drone-like flight. It is visiting the flowers but it is very attentive to the competitors. It’s spends about as much time attacking honeybees as it does visiting flowers. When it attacks it seems like it bites. We see many honeybees on the ground with half of a wing, in apparent suffering- It seems they have been hurt or intoxicated
How you want your letter signed: Mollyanne
This is a male, non-native Woolcarder Bee, a species native to Europe but present in North America since the mid 1960s. According to BugGuide: “Males defend their territory very aggressively not only against other males but also against other flower visitors” which explains the behavior towards Honey Bees that you witnessed.