Observations in the Family: Apidae

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

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Larva

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By: The Bate's
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Location: Tzaneen
Observed: 2nd May 2016
Added: 3rd May 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
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Jumping the gun

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By: 17calbbievans
Friends of Tokai Park
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Location: Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Observed: 17th April 2016
Added: 29th April 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Honey bee warming up in the morning sun

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Location: Welgemoed, Bellville
Observed: 24th April 2016
Added: 24th April 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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I found this lone honey bee warming up in a sunny spot on the garden wall early this morning. Not particularly wet. Flew off a few minutes later.

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Bee still - for a second

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By: Bushboy
BirdLife South AfricaSeaKeys
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 17th April 2016
Added: 19th April 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

Fat little zebra bee paused from his frenetic scent-marking / tummy-tickling duties up grass-blades and dead twigs for a reasonable shot

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Carpenter bee

Carpenter bee
By: Margo V
Location: still bay west, south africa
Observed: 22nd February 2016
Added: 11th April 2016
Likely ID: Xylocopa
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:2
Description:

I think this is a carpenter bee? 2 to 2.5cm in length with yellow towards the head area. It loves the potato bush.

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Whee, I'm a Bee!

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By: Bushboy
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 5th April 2016
Added: 10th April 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:8
Description:

Fat little hoverer-bee repeatedly slides up grass-blades at considerable speed. No idea what she's doing ... scratching her tum? Collecting dew?

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Beei-ing Eaten

Apis mellifera subsp. scutellata
By: Gigi
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Location: Unnamed Road, Stormberg District
Observed: 20th March 2016
Added: 9th April 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
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Description:

Bee caught and been eaten by skink

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Bee

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By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Morgans Bay Cliff Trail
Observed: 7th March 2016
Added: 9th April 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:1
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Milkshake-lover

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By: jimmymac2
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Location: 2, Cussonia Ave
Observed: 26th March 2016
Added: 7th April 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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One of the things I like most about South Africa are the strawberry milkshakes. One of the things I like least are the bees that also like strawberry milkshakes.

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Erasmuskloof - cool blue Hoverfly ID Please! :)

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By: jimmymac2
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Location: Erasmuskloof
Observed: 25th March 2016
Added: 7th April 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:2
Description:

Quite a large hoverfly that would never stay still! Black and blue, with possibly even blue wings! Striking.

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Erasmuskloof - Cape Honey Bee

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By: jimmymac2
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Location: Erasmuskloof, Pretoria
Observed: 25th March 2016
Added: 7th April 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:3
Description:

There were many of these buzzing around this attractive-for-bees shrub.

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Unknown Bumblebee

Carpenter Bee
By: Fynbosser
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Location: Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
Observed: 5th April 2016
Added: 6th April 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

Wings: Brown with blue-ish tint in sunlight
Body: Completely black

This guy's life cycle was finished; he came to rest in peace on our stoep :-(

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Big B

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By: Mavourneen
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Location: Pietermaritzburg, Town Hill
Observed: 30th March 2016
Added: 30th March 2016
Likely ID: Xylocopa
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Large conspicuous bee on pink Salvia, easy to photograph and not at all shy.

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Tiny flyer

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Location: Pretoria 1
Observed: 29th December 2015
Added: 14th March 2016
Likely ID: Bees (Apidae)
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Incoming..... Big Black Bee

Bee
By: Gigi
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Location: Lions Head Path, Signal Hill
Observed: 11th March 2016
Added: 12th March 2016
Likely ID: Bee (Apidae)
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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biting down for the night

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By: Robert Taylor
Sea Fish AtlasSeaKeys
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Location: Mtunzini, KZN
Observed: 5th March 2016
Added: 12th March 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

These ~12 little chaps come back to the same dead Bidens bush to sleep every night. They bite on and then raise their abdomen in the air and tuck their legs in. They are 'in bed' by 6ish in the evening and head off to work around quarter to 6 in the morning. Once they have all settled in the other type of bee (also present every night) sneaks in to snuggle up to the group (interaction added).

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Carpenter bee

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By: annette gerber
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Location: APU Base
Observed: 2nd March 2016
Added: 10th March 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Diligent Sea-Bees always wear their yellow safety jackets

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By: Bushboy
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Location: wrong side of tracks, Park Rynie
Observed: 8th March 2016
Added: 9th March 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Large (about 30mm body-length) carpenter busy visiting Beach Bean flowers on fore-dune, heavily 'pollenated' across the back.

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Jarred Carpenter

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 4th March 2016
Added: 5th March 2016
Likely ID: Xylocopa caffra
Identifications:3
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

Brought to me in a jar by a neighbour, may have some wing damage as it could not fly.

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Carpenterbee

Carpenterbee
By: Tony Rebelo
Botanical Society of South Africa A-teamCape Bird ClubEntomological Society of Southern AfricaFriends of Tokai ParkProtea Atlas ProjectSenior Scout AdventureSouth African National Biodiversity InstituteSouth African National Parks Honorary RangersToyota Enviro OutreachWestern Leopard Toad Volunteer
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Location: Hawekwas Limietberg Trail road up to Microwave Tower
Observed: 27th February 2016
Added: 2nd March 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Industrious pollenator

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By: Gigi
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Location: Swartberg Pass
Observed: 25th February 2016
Added: 27th February 2016
Likely ID: Amegilla
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Lily bee

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Location: 129, Park St Greyton
Observed: 21st February 2016
Added: 21st February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Real bee

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By: AlexanderR
Western Leopard Toad Volunteer
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Location: 23, Dreyersdal Rd
Observed: 21st February 2016
Added: 21st February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Insect being eaten by Assassinbug

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 13th February 2016
Added: 20th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Verbena bigbee

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By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Confluence
Observed: 15th December 2015
Added: 17th February 2016
Likely ID: Xylocopa
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Another Carpenter Bee

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Location: GOSS
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 10th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:3
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Carpenter Bee flying out of the picture

Carpenter Bee flying out of the picture
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Location: GOSS
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 10th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Carpenter bee

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By: annette gerber
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Location: APU Base
Observed: 9th February 2016
Added: 10th February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:3
Comments:5
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Blouby op Acacia ataxacantha

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Location: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Observed: 16th December 2015
Added: 9th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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African Honeybee (Apis mellifera subsp. scutellata)

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Location: Mlawula Nature Reserve, Siphiso campsite eastern shelter
Observed: 28th December 2015
Added: 7th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
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Species with which Cuckoo Bees, Digger Bees, Carpenter Bees, Honey Bees & Sweat Bees or Honeybees (Apidae) interacts