Daylilies forum: A busy critter

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Name: Dave
Fairfax County VA (Zone 7b)
Jul 15, 2018 7:02 PM CST
A couple days ago I saw a very large bee (or some such critter) flying into the daylilies at the back of my property. Sadly I did not have a camera with me at the time. Today, though, I got lucky and was out photographing when what might be the same large insect flew into and crawled around in two of my daylilies. It just occurred to me as I am writing that I should have gotten video, but I got two photos instead. They are below.

The plants in the photos are purported by the vendor from whom I purchased them to be Frans Hals. I have had Frans Hals for a number of years and my plants look exactly like the photo on the AHS database. The new plants, while very similar to Frans Hals, certainly do not look the same. Regardless of what they are, they are blooming at the same time as Frans Hals, which is what I wanted, and I like them.

Thumb of 2018-07-16/daverme/2f2ad2

Thumb of 2018-07-16/daverme/56cbbc

The "real" Frans Hals:

Thumb of 2018-07-16/daverme/ba5a38

[Last edited by daverme - Jul 15, 2018 7:04 PM (+)]
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Jul 15, 2018 7:10 PM CST
I agree, they do look different.
I often see bees down in the daylilies but I never see them gathering pollen on any of my daylilies.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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Jul 15, 2018 8:08 PM CST
Larry, that's all I've seen them do this year. The little native bees are grabbing pollen (and not pollinating anything!) , but the big ones are only going after nectar.
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Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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Jul 15, 2018 8:58 PM CST
Your insect is a Carpenter bee.
Carpenters have black shiny abdomens. Bumble bees have fuzzy yellow abdomens.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jul 15, 2018 9:30 PM CST
I get bee pods on my daylilies and don't know if it is bees or hummingbirds pollinating them. But it happens. Yours "different daylily" definitely looks like a seeding of Frans Hals.
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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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Jul 16, 2018 7:32 AM CST
I'm battling pollen raiding insects every morning! The bees come first and hang out in the foliage waiting for the pollen. After them some other insect (looks like a flying ant) comes and finishes the job. If I'm not out early I might not be able to get any pollen at all! I used to be able to do crosses after work but not this year. I've had bees collecting pollen in the past. They are okay with sharing the pollen with me. The little buggers are just plain greedy!

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