Observations in the Family: Apidae

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

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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
Agreements:0
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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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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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
Botanical Society of South AfricaCREW (Southern Cape)OutrampsSeaKeys
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Location: St Blaize
Observed: 26th January 2017
Added: 28th January 2017
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:1
Description:

This is possibly the least aerodynamic insect ever seen.

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Xylocopa caffra

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

(137) IMG_6963 Thyreus delambatus
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
Comments:0
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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Bee (3 pics)

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Location: Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens
Observed: 19th January 2017
Added: 22nd January 2017
Likely ID: Xylocopa
Identifications:1
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Comments:2
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Small Carpenter, black with single yellow band on thorax

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 19th January 2017
Added: 20th January 2017
Likely ID: Xylocopa
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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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: Phillipskop w cottages
Observed: 22nd October 2016
Added: 20th January 2017
Likely ID: Xylocopa
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
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A new hive?

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 14th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

I an old tree stump

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Bee

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: Biedouw Valley
Observed: 11th September 2016
Added: 14th January 2017
Identifications:4
Agreements:1
Comments:7
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Carpenter bee

Xylocopa cf flavorufa (1)
By: Dewidine
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersGroen SebenzaSouth African National Biodiversity Institute
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Location: Outeniqua hiking trail
Observed: 18th December 2016
Added: 13th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Apidae

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By: rjpretor
Entomological Society of AmericaEntomological Society of Southern AfricaLepidopterists' Society of Africa
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Location: Between Bultfontein & Brandfort
Observed: 10th December 2016
Added: 12th January 2017
Likely ID: Apinae
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Bee carried by the Robber Fly

Bee carried by the Robber Fly
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Location: St Lucia 1
Observed: 3rd December 2016
Added: 10th January 2017
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
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Bee

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: Ezelbank Pass summit - track se of pass
Observed: 10th September 2016
Added: 9th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Carpenter Bee

Carpenter 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: Ezelbank Pass summit - track se of pass
Observed: 10th September 2016
Added: 9th January 2017
Likely ID: Xylocopa
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Apis mellifera subsp. capensis on Albuca maxima

 Apis mellifera subsp. capensis on Albuca maxima
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: Springbok
Observed: 5th October 2016
Added: 8th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Bees

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By: _lavender_lavender’s reputation in Invertebrates_lavender’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Rietfontein, Pretoria
Observed: 1st January 2017
Added: 7th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Description:

Large (body length 20-24 mm), stout. Females are black and hairy, with 2 bands of yellow hairs on last part of thorax and first segment of abdomen. Excavates nest burrows in Aloe and Agave stems, tree branches and structural timber, constructing a series of cells separated by partitions of wood and trees. Males patrol fixed areas around flowers, twigs or leaves of particular bushes and trees.

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Busy Bee

African honey bee
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Location: iThala
Observed: 28th November 2016
Added: 7th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Cape Hunnybee

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: Baywest Mall Offset
Observed: 27th July 2016
Added: 7th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Allodapula variegata on Aspalathus hispida subsp. albiflora

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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: Belvedere Plantation
Observed: 18th December 2016
Added: 6th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Allodapula variegata on Ornithogalum graminifolium

 Allodapula variegata on Ornithogalum graminifolium
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: Belvedere Plantation
Observed: 18th December 2016
Added: 6th January 2017
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Species with which Cuckoo Bees, Digger Bees, Carpenter Bees, Honey Bees & Sweat Bees or Honeybees (Apidae) interacts