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Jul 18, 2015 10:39 AM CST
Name: Felix miles
Tampa, Fla. (Zone 9b)
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Does anyone know what this cute "bee" or insect is??
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Jul 18, 2015 11:01 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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It looks like a bee. Here are some great photos to help identify your wonderful little insect. https://www.google.com/search?...
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Jul 18, 2015 11:10 AM CST
Name: Felix miles
Tampa, Fla. (Zone 9b)
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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!
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Jul 18, 2015 5:56 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Either a Bumble: http://www.entnemdept.ufl.edu/...

Or maybe a Carpenter Bee: http://www.insectidentificatio...

This site has a list and photos of many Florida insects: http://www.insectidentificatio...
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Jul 18, 2015 7:42 PM CST
Name: Felix miles
Tampa, Fla. (Zone 9b)
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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
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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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Jul 18, 2015 8:53 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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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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Jul 19, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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How about a Bee Killer?: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...
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Jul 19, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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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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Jul 19, 2015 9:31 PM CST
Name: Elaine
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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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Jul 19, 2015 11:45 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Could that bee be a type of robber fly rather than a bee?

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...
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Jul 20, 2015 6:40 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Looks like one of my sand wasps. (scolidae)

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

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

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Jul 20, 2015 6:52 AM CST
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
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Maybe a Dasypoda sp...Definitely a bee!
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JRsbugs (Janet), our bug specialist, certainly would have an answer! Smiling
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