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Happenings in the insect world
by Frederique Lavoipierre
on September 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM
Thanks for the beautiful photos! I keep wishing that I could see a carder bee in person, but I don't think they've made it to Sonoma County yet - although it sounds like they are pretty close!
by Gail W Kramer
on September 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM
What beautiful photos! Do the hairs on the legs also identiy this bee as a boy?
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on September 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM
Thanks! Re the hairs on the legs and if this is a gender identification, yes. According native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis: "Yes, the fringes of white hairs, especially on the front and middle legs are characteristic of the male of this species in contrast to the female."
by Alexa Dellinger
on September 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM
I would have thought at first glance that this was a nasty yellow jacket, but now I will look more closely for the cute hairy legs.
by Win Rogers
on September 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM
@ Alexa - we have some working our Demo Garden here in San Joaquin.
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