Unidentified bee in Kitsilano last 2 years

Discussion in 'Celebrate Biodiversity' started by Renew, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Renew

    Renew Active Member 10 Years

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    For the last 2 or 3 years there have been large black bees with a yellow stripe encircling near their head and a similar yellow stripe near the posterior of their abdomen. They are fuzzy like a bumblebee, but smaller, 2/3 the size. They look predominately black not yellow. I only ever notice 2 or 3 at a time, always flying and never settled.

    They like to hang around the pieris which are flowering now, and seem to buzz me when I pass between the two pieris on the sidewalk, though I have never felt attacked. They also are flying around the forget-me-nots, though I have not seen them land on any plant. Yesterday I was transplanting some plants and had a hole in the ground, a bee came along and flew into the hole, and investigated if for a while before flying away.

    Anyone know this bee?
     
  2. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Have a look through the photos at E-Fauna BC. Here is the search result for the bumblebee's genus, Bombus.
     

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