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Old Nov 18, 2006, 10:10 PM   #1
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First one I have seen quite like thisone. I had heard of large black flies, but never saw one this close up. Maybe someone can properly identify.
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Old Nov 18, 2006, 10:34 PM   #2
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That's a new one for me, needs to shave its legs though.:-) Looks good on that bright yellow though.
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Old Nov 18, 2006, 11:42 PM   #3
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Nice! He does have some hairy legs! Donna
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Old Nov 19, 2006, 12:01 AM   #4
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looks almost like some kind of bee! the wings fold more like a bee than a fly, and those hairy legs would be perfect for gathering pollen... i have no idea, really... :?
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Old Nov 19, 2006, 10:07 AM   #5
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Thanks Ted, Donna, and Rocky. Appreciate your viewing. I was hoping someone could identify this one. As you say, Rocky, he does look somewhat like a bee, but with such a squatty body, I've not seen the like of.
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Old Nov 19, 2006, 1:00 PM   #6
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Sorry, I can not identify this one....
But this is one of our european "black bees":



http://sgsg.zoto.com/img/original/b7...b76289c6c-.jpg

I don't know the name too .....
But this could be(e) a solitary bee:
Mauerbiene - black osmia spec.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild%3AMauerbiene.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmia

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Old Nov 19, 2006, 3:22 PM   #7
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Thanks Seemolf, there is a similiarity. This was the first I"ve seen like this one.
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Old Nov 19, 2006, 6:19 PM   #8
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I believe that's a Meliponinae

a "stingless" bee. Very common Central and South America.

They have a tendency to gettangled upin your hair.



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Old Nov 19, 2006, 6:30 PM   #9
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Thanks, Jota. This was a new one on me. I had never seen one. Thought he looked strange.
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Old Nov 20, 2006, 3:38 PM   #10
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Nice shot Jerry. Ipretty surethat is a Carpenter Bee. The book I have shows a little yellow behind the head but color is sometimes a local thing. Same body though.

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