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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    First bumble bee of year spotted today

    I bumble bees.

    Spring came today and I saw our first bumble bee of the year.

    Anyone else appreciate the beauty of a bumble bee?

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    I think they're truly amazing creatures, love watching them.
    There was this one (actually must have been a nest nearby) who would 'guard' this
    footbridge over a creek in Va. near where I lived. It used to position itself right in the middle
    and dive bomb everyone who tried to cross, it was quite comical to watch really as it never
    actually stung anyone.

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    Has their population been dwindling in your area? I read a story a few years ago about bees just disappearing and scientists didn't know what was happening.
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    can never tell the difference between them or carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are a nightmare btw. They will mess up your house big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    can never tell the difference between them or carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are a nightmare btw. They will mess up your house big time.

    You should keep them away from the saws and hammers.
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    Riding Heaven's Highways on the grand tour ModoVincere's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    You should keep them away from the saws and hammers.
    umm...need to keep those away from you too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    umm...need to keep those away from you too.
    Whooooooo meeeeeeee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    can never tell the difference between them or carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are a nightmare btw. They will mess up your house big time.

    Large carpenter bees are readily distinguished from bumble bees primarily by the absence of pubescence on the dorsum of the abdomen, which is somewhat shiny. They also lack a malar space (present in bumble bees), and the triangular second submarginal cell

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    Riding Heaven's Highways on the grand tour ModoVincere's Avatar
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    [QUOTE=Airwick;8559749]
    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    can never tell the difference between them or carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are a nightmare btw. They will mess up your house big time.


    Large carpenter bees are readily distinguished from bumble bees primarily by the absence of pubescence on the dorsum of the abdomen, which is somewhat shiny. They also lack a malar space (present in bumble bees), and the triangular second submarginal cell
    Well, since I'm allergic to stings, I'll let you check for those differences.
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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    [QUOTE=ModoVincere;8559760]
    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick View Post

    Well, since I'm allergic to stings, I'll let you check for those differences.
    Here's a marvelous photo of a carpenter bee.

    Apparently they have "hairless butts" too.

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    [QUOTE=Airwick;8559806]
    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post

    Here's a marvelous photo of a carpenter bee.

    Apparently they have "hairless butts" too.
    ok...if I see a bee, I'll call you to check to see if it has a "hairless butt".
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    I think they're truly amazing creatures, love watching them.
    There was this one (actually must have been a nest nearby) who would 'guard' this
    footbridge over a creek in Va. near where I lived. It used to position itself right in the middle
    and dive bomb everyone who tried to cross, it was quite comical to watch really as it never
    actually stung anyone.

    Marty
    Smart bumble bee. Sting and they die.

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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post

    ok...if I see a bee, I'll call you to check to see if it has a "hairless butt".
    Anytime, I'd be honored.
    Last edited by Airwick; 03-19-09 at 01:33 PM.

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    Here's a species that's under stress, and you're out spotting them.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    can never tell the difference between them or carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are a nightmare btw. They will mess up your house big time.

    The one in Airwick's picture is a carpenter bee.
    The carapace of its abdomen is smooth, bumble bees' abdomens are fuzzy.
    The white headed ones have no stinger, the black headed ones do.


    Carpenter bees are great fun to swat out of the air with a badminton racket. They are nature's shuttle cocks.

    {edit** should have read the thread all the way through first.

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    ...I can't wait for lightning bugs.....they're my favorite.
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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    I'm allergic to bee stings.
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    oh sheesh! sorry Airwick, but flying bugs such as that skeer me!! do not like to be near.
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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    I'm allergic to bee stings.
    Beautiful things are often also dangerous, Siu.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpack View Post
    oh sheesh! sorry Airwick, but flying bugs such as that skeer me!! do not like to be near.
    First, congratulations wolfpack! Being in Carolina, I'm surprised you haven't spent many a lazy afternoon listening to bumble bees popping up against window screens.

    I love the sound of bees buzzing on a sunny afternoon.
    Last edited by Airwick; 03-20-09 at 12:46 AM.

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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    No wonder you aren't afraid of me.
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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    No wonder you aren't afraid of me.
    I am in constant fear of you, sweet Siu, and you're quite beautiful.

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    Yah right.
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    jackrussellsonabicycle Airwick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Yah right.
    Why the rolling eyes? You know I think you're the cats meow (with cheese)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick View Post
    Beautiful things are often also dangerous, Siu.



    First, congratulations wolfpack! Being in Carolina, I'm surprised you haven't spent many a lazy afternoon listening to bumble bees popping up against window screens.

    I love the sound of bees buzzing on a sunny afternoon.
    oh i have Airwick. but, i really don't like to be laying out in the sun on the deck and have those things flying around too close!
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    Don't confuse bumblebees with honeybees. Honeybees have been dying, but I haven't heard of a problem with bumblebees. Honeybees (other than the queen) die after they sting, but bumblebees have barbless stingers, and survive to sting again.

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