Observations in the Family: Apidae

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

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Bee and Dogface

 Bee and Dogface
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Sirkelsvlei - Brightwater trail
Observed: 2nd April 2017
Added: 18th April 2017
Likely ID: Apidae
Identifications:1
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Unney Bee

Unnybee
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Tygerberg Hill Ukhetshe trail
Observed: 24th August 2016
Added: 17th April 2017
Identifications:1
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Honeybee

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Location: Pretoria National Botanical Garden
Observed: 16th April 2017
Added: 17th April 2017
Identifications:1
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In flight

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By: The Bate's
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Location: Panarama Guest farm
Observed: 9th April 2017
Added: 13th April 2017
Likely ID: Xylocopa caffra
Identifications:1
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Golden Beebop takes to drink

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By: Bushboy
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Location: CrocWorld Conservation Centre
Observed: 8th April 2017
Added: 11th April 2017
Identifications:1
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Estimated 20 mm body length

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Golden beebop and her cunning nest

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By: Bushboy
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Location: CrocWorld Conservation Centre
Observed: 8th April 2017
Added: 11th April 2017
Identifications:1
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Missed a shot of her flying into her nest she'd carved down the bore of a broken-off twig (with entry porch roof nogal!) - and was surprised how fast she came out!
Large (c. 20mm body length) appeared more golden than normal yellow hairy male X. caffras.

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Carpenter Bee

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Location: Pretoria National Botanical Garden
Observed: 9th April 2017
Added: 10th April 2017
Identifications:1
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Don't pollinate the stuff!

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By: Bushboy
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Location: s inlet to s beachwalk
Observed: 4th April 2017
Added: 7th April 2017
Identifications:1
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Description:

Fore-dune scrub

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Bee

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By: errol.douwes
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Backpackers ClubWildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa
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Location: 19, Elland Rd
Observed: 1st April 2017
Added: 2nd April 2017
Identifications:1
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Description:

Body length of about 10-12mm. Abdomen with white stripes, which at times appear bluish.

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Carpenter

Carpenter
By: errol.douwes
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Location: 19, Elland Rd
Observed: 1st April 2017
Added: 2nd April 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Apis mellifera subsp. capensis

Apis mellifera subsp. capensis on Aloe broomii
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Nieu-Bethesda
Observed: 19th March 2017
Added: 1st April 2017
Identifications:1
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Flower with visitor

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 1st April 2017
Added: 1st April 2017
Likely ID: Apidae
Identifications:2
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Honey bee (VSWR)

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By: Shaun Swanepoel
Cape NatureCrustacean AtlasGarden Route Botanical GardenProtea Atlas ProjectSeaKeysSouth African National Parks
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Location: Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve
Observed: 17th February 2017
Added: 29th March 2017
Identifications:1
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Cuckoo

Bee
By: errol.douwes
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Backpackers ClubWildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa
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Location: 19, Elland Rd
Observed: 4th March 2017
Added: 19th March 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Description:

Large bee with bold white barring and marks on black body

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German wasp attacking Cape Honey bee - Impact

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By: Fynbosphil
Botanical Society of South AfricaEarly Detection Rapid Response Unit SANBIFriends of Kenilworth Race CourseFriends of the Liesbeek
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Location: Newlands
Observed: 11th March 2017
Added: 12th March 2017
Identifications:1
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Comments:1
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Dead carpenter in JJJ

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 11th February 2017
Added: 12th March 2017
Identifications:1
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Ragwort Bee

Ragwort Bee
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: Winchester 3140_2640
Observed: 24th February 2017
Added: 12th March 2017
Identifications:1
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Bluebee

Bluebee
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: Spioenkop 3205_2545 - Plankfontein
Observed: 22nd February 2017
Added: 7th March 2017
Identifications:1
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Hunnybee

Hunnybee
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: Spioenkop 3205_2545
Observed: 22nd February 2017
Added: 6th March 2017
Identifications:1
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Carpenterbee

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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 23rd February 2017
Added: 23rd February 2017
Identifications:1
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Thyreus sp. on Senecio ruwenzoriensis

 Thyreus sp. on Senecio robertiifolius
By: Nicky vB
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (South Cape)OutrampsSea Fish AtlasSeaKeysSeaweed AtlasSucculent Society of South Africa
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Location: Rust en Vrede
Observed: 1st January 1970
Added: 23rd February 2017
Likely ID: Thyreus
Identifications:1
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Allodapula

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Location: Waterkloof
Observed: 16th February 2017
Added: 17th February 2017
Identifications:1
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Carpenter Bee on Micranthus alopecuroidrs

Carpenter Bee on Micranthus alopecuroides - Red Hill
By: Sheila Robinson
Botanical Society of South AfricaFriends of Silvermine Nature Area
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Location: Red Hill
Observed: 28th December 2016
Added: 11th February 2017
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:2
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Bees in a buzz

Bees in a buzz
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: Waterval - Waterfall trail to waterfall
Observed: 7th August 2016
Added: 11th February 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:9
Description:

sleeping?

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Bumble Bee

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Location: Aberdeen District
Observed: 3rd February 2017
Added: 3rd February 2017
Identifications:1
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Half zebra bee.

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Wilderness
Observed: 1st February 2017
Added: 2nd February 2017
Likely ID: Thyreus
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
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Bee

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Location: iMpendle Nature Reserve
Observed: 18th January 2017
Added: 31st January 2017
Identifications:1
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Description:

Protea bush was on a plateau of grassland burned < 12 months prior to this observation, with rocky outcrops in close vicinity.

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The Michelin Bee

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By: sallyslak
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Location: St Blaize
Observed: 26th January 2017
Added: 28th January 2017
Identifications:2
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Comments:1
Description:

This is possibly the least aerodynamic insect ever seen.

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Xylocopa caffra

 Xylocopa caffra
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Bergplaas in the Outeniquas
Observed: 20th January 2017
Added: 27th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Halloween Bee

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By: fayne connelly
CREW (Gauteng)
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Location: The Country Club Johannesburg Woodmead
Observed: 10th January 2017
Added: 26th January 2017
Likely ID: Thyreus
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Description:

Distinctive black and white markings, bars on segments of the abdomen. Has pale brown wings. A hairy bee. Found on a yellow Pearsonia flower head.

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