Sunday, April 19, 2009

April Bumble Bees In The Backyard - Chicago

The flowering abundance and sunny warm temperatures had bees buzzing about.

Look at the size of these bumbles! Fat queens ready to lay a colony.

Do they have an urban tough look or what?

This one has me puzzled. A bald spot? Seemed very aggressive as well. Chased me and the camera inside.

Later the bees were covered in pollen but I must have been put off by the earlier aggression because none of the pictures were clear...lol

ID of the bald spotted bee from UIUC Bee Spotter
Bombus bimaculatus - Twospotted Bumble Bee
Answer to question about bald spot...
Hello Gloria,
Thanks for your message. The hairs that cover a bee's body are subject to wear, and when a bee gets older, it is not unusual for the thorax to get a bit bald dorsally. Plus remember, bumble bees that we are seeing now have been around since back in late summer 2008; the one that you photographed might have had something of a rough winter.
Best regards,Terry Harrison

7 Comments:

Blogger Cheryl said...

Strange bee behaviour.....I have never personally experienced anything like that....

Beautiful photographs I have to say and beautiful bees.......

19/4/09 1:22 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Yes it was strange,usually the bees don't seem bothered by the camera.
Today it is raining again so I am glad the bumble queens had a few warm sunny days to collect nectar and pollen.

20/4/09 9:42 AM  
Blogger Barbara Eisenstein said...

Yes, wonderful bumblebee pictures! Looks like spring has arrived. Today we had record-breaking heat (nearly triple digits) so summer is here for So Cal.

20/4/09 11:29 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Barbara,too hot for me. I'll just visit Southern California in the winter thank you.

21/4/09 6:05 PM  
Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Nice close ups!
Happy Earth Day :)

22/4/09 9:57 PM  
Blogger EAL said...

Beautiful dogwood (?) and cool bees! I have seen lots of small bees so far this spring,

25/4/09 11:49 PM  
Blogger Rosemarie said...

Oh yes! I have seen so many bees of all shapes and sizes in the garden already!

1/5/09 2:04 PM  

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