Observations in the Family: Apidae

Common Name: Cuckoo Bees, Digger Bees, Carpenter Bees, Honey Bees & Sweat Bees or Honeybees

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Carpenter Bee approx. 25mm with dark red band

Carpenter Bee
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Location: Grunter Street
Observed: 28th February 2015
Added: 28th February 2015
Identifications:1
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Carpenter bee approx. 15mm

Carpenter Bees
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Location: Grunter Street
Observed: 28th February 2015
Added: 28th February 2015
Identifications:1
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Apis mellifera subsp. capensis

 Apis mellifera subsp. capensis
By: Nicky vB
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (South Cape)OutrampsSucculent Society of South Africa
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Location: Brenton-on-Sea
Observed: 21st March 2014
Added: 21st February 2015
Identifications:1
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Apis mellifera subsp. scutellata (African Honeybee) on Ornithogalum saundersiae

Apis mellifera subsp. scutellata (African Honeybee) on Ornithogalum saundersiae
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Frere Road
Observed: 8th February 2015
Added: 20th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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The Bee by the Crab on the Poker

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By: Lee Jones
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Good Hope Garden Nursery
Observed: 14th February 2015
Added: 17th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:2
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Xylocopa caffra Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa caffra Carpenter Bee
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Location: Reynold Street
Observed: 3rd February 2015
Added: 16th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Dead one

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Three goggas

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By: sue marsden
Cola ConservancySedgefield Island Conservancy
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Location: Sedgefield
Observed: 12th February 2015
Added: 16th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Honey Bee and the Buffalo Thorn - Heuningby en die Blinkblaar-wag-'n-bietjie

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Location: Oniksstraat, Bloemfontein
Observed: 7th February 2015
Added: 11th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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bee

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By: mary hunter
Sedgefield Island Conservancy
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Location: the island sedgefield
Observed: 9th February 2015
Added: 9th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
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Honey bee being attacked by unknown insects

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By: RjctRjct’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Muizenberg
Observed: 7th February 2015
Added: 8th February 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

I noticed a honey bee on the ground that seemed to be in distress. Looking closely I saw about 10 of these little insects attacking it. Almost swarming over it. The Bee seemed unable and not even trying to fly away. It was seen under a flowering gum where the bees were collecting pollen. Video available.

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Who Dunnit and Gate Crashers

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 5th February 2015
Added: 5th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:5
Comments:6
Description:

Bee, the victim. Two spiders, crab and possible jumping spider seem to be feeding off it. Small flies joining in.the feast. Who was the killer?

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Busy Bee

Making a turn for the nearest flower
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Location: Back Garden
Observed: 30th January 2015
Added: 4th February 2015
Identifications:3
Agreements:3
Comments:0
Description:

Same time I observed the swallow I heard this bee. I see these bees very often when I am outside and they often are around the bulbinella bushes. it is hard to get a good shot of them as they are very fast.

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Xylocopa sp.

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By: rjpretor
Entomological Society of AmericaEntomological Society of Southern AfricaLepidopterists' Society of Africa
Invertebrates expert
Location: Between Bultfontein and Welkom
Observed: 5th January 2015
Added: 4th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:2
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bee

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By: mary hunter
Sedgefield Island Conservancy
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Location: the island, sedgefield, south africa
Observed: 28th April 2004
Added: 31st January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:1
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carpenter bee

carpenter bee
By: mary hunter
Sedgefield Island Conservancy
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Location: the island,sedgefield,south africa
Observed: 26th September 2014
Added: 31st January 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Big colourful fly

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Location: Mtubatuba, South Africa
Observed: 31st January 2015
Added: 31st January 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:1
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Beerica

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By: jwichtjwicht’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Durbanville Nature reserve
Observed: 30th January 2015
Added: 30th January 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

This bee was systematically going from flower to flower, feeding from the mouth as in the picture, but also going to the base of these sticky flowers.

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bee

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By: Kristine
Glenwood House School
Location: Glenwood House wetlands
Observed: 20th January 2015
Added: 29th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Bee collecting pollen on unkown flower - By versamel stuifmeel op onbekende blom

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Location: Uitzicht farm Trompsburg, Vrystaat
Observed: 24th January 2015
Added: 25th January 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

A bee with white-grey and black stripes on abdomen collecting pollen from unknown flower.

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Bee

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By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: House
Observed: 21st January 2015
Added: 23rd January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Bee

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Location: Mosselbaai Punt
Observed: 21st January 2015
Added: 21st January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:2
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African Honeybee, Heuningby 3

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Location: Farm Urikos, Maltahohe, Namibia
Observed: 14th December 2014
Added: 20th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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African Honeybee, Heuningby 2

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Location: Farm Urikos, Maltahohe, Namibia
Observed: 14th December 2014
Added: 20th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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bee in a jam

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Location: Gaborone North, home
Observed: 15th December 2014
Added: 20th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

popular wall space, the bee was advancing towards the light, the moth didn't budge. Bees (5 or 6) are regularly coming into the house at night and buzzing around the lights, many curl up and die but survivors are sometimes given a sucrose breakfast and are sent on their way. (there are 2 wild hives and one cultivated hive in the garden)

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Cape Honeybee (and big buddy) on Whorl Heath

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By: Lee Jones
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Good Hope Garden Nursery
Observed: 17th January 2015
Added: 19th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:3
Description:

Very busy - mostly robbing from the base of the corolla tubes.

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Xylocopa visiting Whorl Heath

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By: Lee Jones
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Good Hope Garden Nursery
Observed: 17th January 2015
Added: 19th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Buzzed between E. verticillata, Grewia occidentalis and Polygala virgata.

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Bee

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Location: Moreletakloof Nature Reserve,Pretoria
Observed: 17th January 2015
Added: 18th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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African Honeybee (Apis mellifera subsp. scutellata)

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Observed: 11th March 2006
Added: 18th January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Thyreus (Bee) (GRBG)

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By: Shaun Swanepoel
Cape NatureGarden Route Botanical GardenProtea Atlas ProjectSouth African National Parks
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Location: Garden Route Botanical Garden
Observed: 13th January 2015
Added: 13th January 2015
Likely ID: Thyreus
Identifications:2
Agreements:4
Comments:3
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Carpenter bee

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Location: Dessert Hills Farm, Swakop river, Swakopmund, Namibia
Observed: 3rd January 2015
Added: 9th January 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:1
Description:

Honey bee I found in different locations in the Namib

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Species with which Cuckoo Bees, Digger Bees, Carpenter Bees, Honey Bees & Sweat Bees or Honeybees (Apidae) interacts