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Name: Felix miles
Tampa, Fla. (Zone 9b)
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florida
Jul 18, 2015 10:39 AM CST
Does anyone know what this cute "bee" or insect is??
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 18, 2015 11:01 AM CST
It looks like a bee. Here are some great photos to help identify your wonderful little insect. https://www.google.com/search?q=difference+between+bees+and+...
Name: Felix miles
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florida
Jul 18, 2015 11:10 AM CST
Thanks for the info. Didn't know there was so many different bees. Here in Tampa, Fla., most of the bees have disappeared from my area. In fact, quite a lot of citrus trees have died because of the dwindling bee population!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2015 5:56 PM CST
Either a Bumble: http://www.entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/bumble_bee...

Or maybe a Carpenter Bee: http://www.insectidentification.org/pictureviewer/insects-ga...

This site has a list and photos of many Florida insects: http://www.insectidentification.org/insects-by-state.asp?thi...
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Name: Felix miles
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florida
Jul 18, 2015 7:42 PM CST
Thanks for more info. on my cute bug. But, so far, I don't see any pictures resembling him ( or her). His underbelly looks fuzzy, and I noticed he does have a head that resembles either a wasp, or in that family. Am I confusing anyone? Confused
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Jul 18, 2015 8:41 PM CST
Felix, my first thought was also some type of wasp or hornet -- but I'm definitely not the world's best identifier of insects, I'm afraid...
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 18, 2015 8:53 PM CST
Looks like a bumble bee to me, too. Maybe his fuzz on the back is wet from the rain? The golden fuzzy is on his back legs where he collects pollen.

Btw, it's not a lack of bees that is killing off the citrus trees in Florida, it is Citrus Greening disease, which is vectored by a tiny sucking insect called a citrus psyllid.
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plantladylin
Jul 19, 2015 9:33 AM CST
How about a Bee Killer?: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/flies/bee_killers.h...

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Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Jul 19, 2015 9:18 PM CST
florida said:Thanks for the info. Didn't know there was so many different bees. Here in Tampa, Fla., most of the bees have disappeared from my area. In fact, quite a lot of citrus trees have died because of the dwindling bee population!

Are you sure they died because of the lack of bees -- or perhaps because they were affected by greening ? Mason bees are fabulous little pollinators (no honey -- but they work hard to pollinate); also butterflies help out with this.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 19, 2015 9:31 PM CST
Right, Elfie. Bees are just pollinators, they don't do anything to keep the tree alive, just allow it to make fruit.

I still have a good population around here, but that's because my neighbor is a bee keeper.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 19, 2015 11:45 PM CST
Could that bee be a type of robber fly rather than a bee?

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/flies/robber_...


Name: stone
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stone
Jul 20, 2015 6:40 AM CST
Looks like one of my sand wasps. (scolidae)

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Florida sand... Georgia Sandhills... Same critters.

Video:
http://stonethegardener.tumblr.com/post/56239063291/pycnanth...

Edit:
Found it....
(campsomeris plumipes)

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN74500.pdf
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bonitin
Jul 20, 2015 6:52 AM CST
Maybe a Dasypoda sp...Definitely a bee!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/54563451@N08/15554938239
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