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Happenings in the insect world
by Anne E. Schellman
on July 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM
Great article, I've enjoyed all your posts about longhorned bees!
by lisa
on July 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM
Thank you so much for the answers to my questions about the long horned guys!  
I've been watching during daylight trying to see if I can see the girls going into their nests, but have had no luck. Though the nearby patch of ground is all covered in grass and clover, I'll take a closer look to see if i can spot any holes (and it's good to know there would be more than one!)  
The boys seem to increase in number daily and we're now up to a clump of 30 on the single aster stalk. I'm hoping no anti-bee/sting-scared neighbors notice them as I can't protect them in their current location. In the meantime though, they're fascinating to watch - both in their lazy, sleepy ways, as well as their daytime dive bombing.  
Thank you again for the helpful information (I was surprised to find how little there is about them on the internet), as well as the beautiful pictures!
by lisa
on July 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I was just reading the bee lab page and read that male bees (of all species) can't sting!! I never knew this! And to think of all the time I've spent giving downed bumbles sugar water and taking them from flower to flower to flower (after they've used up all their energy bonking into other male bumbles instead of eating) all while attempting to make sure they stay on the leaf/object i'm carrying and don't climb on (potentially sting) my hand. That's so neat!
by Ed Kendryna
on August 12, 2017 at 2:47 PM
I've been wondering about the black bees in my backyard for a couple of years. They love the corn, squash ,and Joe Pye weed.I've also have seen them clustered on dill flowers over night. They are black with 2 white bars on their abdomen.
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