Wildlife in our gardens


#1143

I found it in another photo. Big eyes and skinny legs. Abdomen is a bit flat too. I don’t know if that is normal for a honey bee in February. Maybe it hasn’t had time to bulk up.
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#1144

A possibility?
https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/colletid-bees-plasterer-bees-cellophane-bees-and-polyester-bees


#1145

Yeah im most likely wrong by looking at the eyes also, the first one you cannot really tell but they definitely have hairless eyes like the link says and a flatter body which i have never seen winter or spring bees really be flatter. Thats super interesting that these could be just a spring lifecycle bee


#1146

That photo is like 20 feet from my neighbor’s large daisy patch, and my friend warned me about ‘yellow jackets’ that nest in the ground by our fence line. Never found a yellow jacket nest. The pieces seem to fit.


#1147

@bleedingdirt, They are absolutely adorable! The sleeping one is so cute! Great photos!


#1148

Yes, definitely a possibility.

(I don’t know much about this rare bee NCSU speaks of, though.)

*But, I’ve had thousands of honeybees in my bare hands, so I question the hairless bug eyed original posted insect on the crocus being a honeybee.

*Have even caught queen bees and applied a painted dot to their thorax, and put them back in the beehive.

I’m wandering off topic, but people would ask “do you ever get stung”? Duh, of course!
(But, not as often as most people would think considering the exposure … I seldom wore gloves, and sometimes no veil over my face, and have walked into a swarm of 20,000 and more with no protection, having them light on me even.) Miss the bees…need to get a few again.


#1149

I think it might be Andrena salicifloris, or a colletid bee.

Looks like Colletes nigrifrons male.
https://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Colletes+nigrifrons


#1150

Looks like a hover fly to me…sorry dont know how to kink on phone…google it some look just like your picture…they fly differently than bees so of you get close its easy to tell


#1151

https://bugguide.net/node/view/15740


#1152

Carlin, my thought also it a fly.


#1153

So, i am really conflicted about these “prizes” my dog brought me tonight. Yes, i am proud of him for sniffing out almost oderless baby rabbits and therefore helping keep the population down in my orchard.
But the animal lover part of me is upset about the death of these cute little bunnies!!!

I must admit i’m leaning more toward being proud of my dog, because i had quite a bit of rabbit damage this winter to some small fruit trees. STILL, given the choice i wish they just would live and nest a few miles away so patches my dog wouldnt have to kill the cute little guys.

Btw…im surprised we already have rabbits this big here in TN in early msrch. These are at least 4 weeks old (eyes open, full hair) which means they were born in late Jan or early feb. This crazy warm weather must affect both trees and animals!


#1154

:cry::cry::cry:

Glad you are okay!


#1155

He made a recent appearance. He is catching some sun.
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#1156

Very good picture.
I’m still inclined to say “fly” even though I could be mistaken. Nice color to the euonymus leaves!


#1157

It moves and behaves like a bee. It is early enough for bees, but I don’t think many flies are out yet. I have seen a few bumbles, and something that looked like a dark sweat bee, but no other flying insects.


#1158

This is a great picture and certainly looks more like a bee mimic (fly) but your other option of colletid bee works good too. You definitely see more bee insects rather than flys earlier in the year but its hard to say what wakes up when in your location. Can you follow it home?


#1159

If I wanted positive ID I’d post a photos at bugguide.net.


#1160

Thanks. I want to nurture a native population, if possible. Knowing the species would be helpful. I was thinking about investing in mason bees, but this would be more convenient.


#1161

pretty snake.


#1162

Fox trying to eat my chickens!