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Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus

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discomonkey

Date

October 4, 2019 02:41 PM UTC
Wheel Bug - Photo (c) John Flannery, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
duweixin's ID: Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus)
Added on October 04, 2019.
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Slender Meadow Katydid Conocephalus fasciatus

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jasenvest

Date

September 2, 2019 12:50 PM UTC
Slender Meadow Katydid - Photo (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Judy Gallagher
duweixin's ID: Slender Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus fasciatus)
Added on October 04, 2019.
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Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

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kkeivit

Date

October 1, 2019 05:02 PM EDT
Eastern Carpenter Bee - Photo (c) Christopher Eliot, some rights reserved (CC BY)
duweixin's ID: Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
Added on October 03, 2019.
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Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

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jacqgamache

Date

October 2, 2019 04:39 PM HST
Eastern Carpenter Bee - Photo (c) Christopher Eliot, some rights reserved (CC BY)
duweixin's ID: Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
Added on October 03, 2019.
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Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

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vms334

Date

September 16, 2019 01:02 PM EDT
Eastern Carpenter Bee - Photo (c) Christopher Eliot, some rights reserved (CC BY)
duweixin's ID: Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
Added on September 16, 2019.
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Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth Lochmaeus manteo

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lacylj

Date

September 12, 2019 03:50 PM UTC
Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth - Photo (c) Chuck Sexton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
duweixin's ID: Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth (Lochmaeus manteo)
Added on September 14, 2019.
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lacylj

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September 12, 2019 02:33 PM UTC
Leptoglossus oppositus - Photo (c) peggyo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
duweixin's ID: Leptoglossus oppositus, a member of Leaf-footed Bugs (Family Coreidae)
Added on September 12, 2019.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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tsl9333

Date

January 7, 2019 11:01 AM CST
Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on January 07, 2019.
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Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

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lisasilas

Date

December 27, 2018 01:19 PM CST
Tufted Titmouse - Photo (c) ehpien, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Added on December 28, 2018.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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lisa281

Date

October 29, 2018 01:25 PM CDT
Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on October 29, 2018.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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kimberlyherbert

Date

April 17, 2017 12:58 PM CDT
Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on October 27, 2018.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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juddpatterson

Date

October 22, 2018 08:28 AM MDT
Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on October 22, 2018.
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Boat-tailed Grackle (Westoni) Quiscalus major ssp. westoni

Observer

sstatner

Date

October 19, 2018 10:31 AM EDT
Boat-tailed Grackle (Westoni) - Photo (c) greglasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
duweixin's ID: Boat-tailed Grackle (Westoni) (Quiscalus major ssp. westoni)
Added on October 19, 2018.
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Domestic Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata var. domestica

Observer

haleyhart

Date

October 18, 2018 09:00 AM EDT

Description

Red face and lives in a lake. Found by my home. Sunny and 73 degrees

Muscovy Duck - Photo (c) Bernard DUPONT, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
duweixin's ID: Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Added on October 18, 2018.
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Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus

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ron60

Date

October 2, 2018 05:28 PM MDT
Broad-winged Hawk - Photo (c) Alejandro  Bayer Tamayo, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
duweixin's ID: Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Added on October 18, 2018.
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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Observer

sgk782

Date

October 18, 2018 12:10 PM CDT
Northern Mockingbird - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
duweixin's ID: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Added on October 18, 2018.
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Great Egret Ardea alba

Observer

cdossantos1

Date

October 18, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

Description

Large egret walked up in front of me. They're quite tall, neck only as wide as my thumb beneath the head. Very thin.

Great Egret - Photo (c) Mike Baird, some rights reserved (CC BY)
duweixin's ID: Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Added on October 18, 2018.
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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

tra631

Date

October 16, 2018 06:17 PM CDT
Mallard - Photo (c) anonymous, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
duweixin's ID: Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Added on October 18, 2018.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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utopia4sharing

Date

October 14, 2018 02:00 PM HST
Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on October 18, 2018.
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Sleepy Orange Abaeis nicippe

Observer

utopia4sharing

Date

October 14, 2018 02:00 PM HST
Sleepy Orange - Photo (c) Michael Retter, all rights reserved
duweixin's ID: Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)
Added on October 18, 2018.
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Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

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kimmiepaxton

Date

October 9, 2018 12:57 PM CDT
Eastern Carpenter Bee - Photo (c) Christopher Eliot, some rights reserved (CC BY)
duweixin's ID: Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
Added on October 14, 2018.
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Seedbox Ludwigia alternifolia

Observer

ameliagrace

Date

October 6, 2018 02:30 PM CDT
Seedbox - Photo (c) dogtooth77, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
duweixin's ID: Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia)
Added on October 11, 2018.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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andreazirkle

Date

August 29, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

Place

Ohio,USA (Google, OSM)

Description

taken at the prairie lands of LCCC campus

Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on October 10, 2018.
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bryanlo

Date

October 6, 2018 01:41 PM CDT
Melanoplus - Photo (c) Gilles Gonthier, some rights reserved (CC BY)
duweixin's ID: Genus Melanoplus, a member of Spur-throated Grasshoppers (Subfamily Melanoplinae)
Added on October 10, 2018.
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Fowler's Toad Anaxyrus fowleri

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bryanlo

Date

September 15, 2018 09:29 AM CDT
American Toad - Photo (c) Lisa Brown, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
duweixin's ID: American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Added on October 10, 2018.
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Prairie Lizard Sceloporus consobrinus

Observer

bryanlo

Date

October 7, 2018 09:40 AM CDT
Prairie Lizard - Photo (c) Eric Isley, all rights reserved
duweixin's ID: Prairie Lizard (Sceloporus consobrinus)
Added on October 10, 2018.
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Common Eastern Bumble Bee Bombus impatiens

Observer

elizawiseman

Date

September 29, 2018 01:59 PM EDT

Description

Bombus Impatiens, ordinarily known as the Common Eastern Bumble Bee is native to Eastern North America ranging from Ontario to South Florida and from Ontario to Maine (“Species Bombus impatiens - Common Eastern Bumble Bee - BugGuide.Net,” n.d.). It is also found non-natively in Mexico and California where it has been introduced for it’s pollinating abilities (“Species Bombus impatiens - Common Eastern Bumble Bee - BugGuide.Net,” n.d.). It generally lives in rural, suburban and urban areas as well as woodlands and fields, where it nests (“Common Eastern Bumble Bee,” n.d.; “Species Bombus impatiens - Common Eastern Bumble Bee - BugGuide.Net,” n.d.).

Bumblebees are classified into three types; the queen, the worker bees (females) and the males, each differing in size size (“Bombus impatiens - Wikipedia,” n.d.). The queens body length ranges from 17-21mm, making her the largest. The workers range from 8.6-16mm, and the males range from 12-17mm (“Species Bombus impatiens - Common Eastern Bumble Bee - BugGuide.Net,” n.d.). They are very small animals so they don’t weigh very much. Their weight ranges from 0.04g-0.85g, with the heaviest being the queen (“Bumblebee wings,” n.d.). Each type of bee also has a different life span. The queen bee can live for up to a year, the workers will live between 2-6 weeks depending on their job, and the males will live only a few weeks (“How Long Do Bees Live?,” n.d.).

B.Impatiens diet consists of nectar and pollen collected from flora, as well as honey, the byproduct of nectar and pollen (“Bombus impatiens - Wikipedia,” n.d.; Vaudo, Patch, Mortensen, Tooker, & Grozinger, 2016). The main source of lipids and protein in a bees diet is provided through pollen (Vaudo et al., 2016). Pollen can be taken from many floral species but Vaudo et al. (2016), found that B.Impatiens show foraging preference for flora whose pollen has high protein to lipid ratios. Although some bees eat raw nectar and pollen, the majority of the colony will eat honey, which is especially important for the winter months when flora is unavailable (“Bombus impatiens - Wikipedia,” n.d.). Honey is the product of pollen and nectar mixed with the digestive enzymes in the bee’s stomach, which is then regurgitated to produce honey (“Bombus impatiens - Wikipedia,” n.d.).

Communication within the B.Impatiens colony allows for social learning, which is very important for foraging (Mirwan & Kevan, 2013). Mirwan and Kevan (2013) investigated how social learning affects foraging within the hive. In order to test this they used a novel food source, artificial flowers, where some bees would have exposure to them and others would not (Mirwan & Kevan, 2013). They found that in the absence of observation, successful foragers were able to communicate to other bees in the hive how to navigate novel food sources (in this case, artificial flowers) (Mirwan & Kevan, 2013). This was evident through the ability of the “nest mates” to properly navigate the artificial flowers, which they had no prior experience with (Mirwan & Kevan, 2013). Another form of communication occurs during reproduction. Both the queen bee and the worker bees are capable of laying eggs and having them fertilized by male bees. Cnaani, Schmid-Hempel, & Schmidt (2002) observed and measured worker bee reproduction. They found that in the presence of a queen, worker bees avoided laying eggs and produced fewer eggs in their ovaries (Cnaani, Schmid-Hempel, & Schmidt, 2002). Egg laying and production was re-stimulated when the workers were placed in a queen-less environment (Cnaani et al., 2002). The data collected in this study was achieved through exposing worker bees to certain environments (queen present, queen absent), observing their egg laying behavior, and then sacrificing the animal to measure oocyte production in the ovary. Another Study investigated the cause for this, “reproductive inhibition” whereby several cues were considered and tested (Chemical, contact, visual and behavioral cues) (Padilla, Amsalem, Altman, Hefetz, & Grozinger, 2016). It was found that the cause of reproductive inhibition is likely behavioral interactions between the queen bee and the worker bee where the queen is able to, “establish reproductive dominance” (Padilla et al., 2016).

B.Impatiens has several potential predators that hunt them in different ways (“Bumblebee predators,” n.d.). Crab spiders, Robber flies, and some bird species (ie. Bee-eaters, spotted flycatchers) will hunt bees while they are out foraging (“Bumblebee predators,” n.d.). Some animals will dig up nests and hunt the bees this way; these animals include badgers, skunks, minks, foxes and several others (“Bumblebee predators,” n.d.).

According to the IUCN Red List, the conservation status of B.Impatiens is classified as of, “least concern” and their population trend is stable (“The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species,” n.d.).

Did you know that bumblebee’s feet smell (“15 Buzzworthy Facts About Bumblebees,” 2015)? Unlike humans, this isn’t an issue of poor cleaning practices, it actually helps with pollination and finding ones way back to their nest (“15 Buzzworthy Facts About Bumblebees,” 2015). When a bumblebee has visited a plant, they will leave their chemical foot odor behind which signals to other bees that the nectar and pollen has already been taken from it (“15 Buzzworthy Facts About Bumblebees,” 2015). Because they can distinguish their own scent from others, it also helps them return to their nest (“15 Buzzworthy Facts About Bumblebees,” 2015; Pearce, Giuggioli, & Rands, 2017).

References

15 Buzzworthy Facts About Bumblebees. (2015, August 2). Retrieved October 28, 2018, from http://mentalfloss.com/article/66549/15-buzzworthy-facts-about-bumblebees
Bombus impatiens - Wikipedia. (n.d.). Retrieved October 24, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombus_impatiens
Bumblebee predators. (n.d.). Retrieved October 27, 2018, from http://www.bumblebee.org/PREDATORS.htm
Bumblebee wings. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2018, from http://www.bumblebee.org/bodyWing.htm
Cnaani, J., Schmid-Hempel, R., & Schmidt, J. O. (2002). Colony development, larval development and worker reproduction in Bombus impatiens Cresson. Insectes Sociaux, 49(2), 164–170. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-002-8297-8
Common Eastern Bumble Bee. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2018, from https://www.nwf.org/Home/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Invertebrates/Common-Eastern-Bumblebee
How Long Do Bees Live? (n.d.). Retrieved October 24, 2018, from https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/how-long-do-bees-live.html
Mirwan, H. B., & Kevan, P. G. (2013). Social Learning in Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens): Worker Bumblebees Learn to Manipulate and Forage at Artificial Flowers by Observation and Communication within the Colony. Retrieved October 25, 2018, from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/psyche/2013/768108/abs/
Padilla, M., Amsalem, E., Altman, N., Hefetz, A., & Grozinger, C. M. (2016). Chemical communication is not sufficient to explain reproductive inhibition in the bumblebee Bombus impatiens. Open Science, 3(10), 160576. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.160576
Pearce, R. F., Giuggioli, L., & Rands, S. A. (2017). Bumblebees can discriminate between scent-marks deposited by conspecifics. Scientific Reports, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/srep43872
Species Bombus impatiens - Common Eastern Bumble Bee - BugGuide.Net. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2018, from https://bugguide.net/node/view/56797
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2018, from https://www.iucnredlist.org/en
Vaudo, A. D., Patch, H. M., Mortensen, D. A., Tooker, J. F., & Grozinger, C. M. (2016). Macronutrient ratios in pollen shape bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) foraging strategies and floral preferences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201606101. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1606101113

Common Eastern Bumble Bee - Photo (c) Mary Keim, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
duweixin's ID: Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)
Added on October 09, 2018.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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lseman

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October 7, 2018 03:15 PM CDT
Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
duweixin's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on October 08, 2018.
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Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

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sadawolk

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October 5, 2018 05:38 PM EDT
Eastern Carpenter Bee - Photo (c) Christopher Eliot, some rights reserved (CC BY)
duweixin's ID: Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
Added on October 06, 2018.
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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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nsalem

Date

October 3, 2018 08:17 AM PDT
American White Pelican - Photo (c) TexasEagle, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
duweixin's ID: American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Added on October 04, 2018.
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