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Bumble Bees Genus Bombus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 28, 2020 02:27 PM PDT

Description

This bee was unusual because it, unlike all the others I have seen in the area, preferred yellow hawkweed to various clovers. I have been wondering about B. bifarius, in part because of similarities to other iNat observations, but there is no clear notch of black showing at the bottom of the thorax. I appreciate and learn from all comments.

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Fireweed Chamaenerion angustifolium

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 28, 2020 02:22 PM PDT

Description

First of the season for us.

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Western Tent Caterpillar Malacosoma californica

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 28, 2020 01:59 PM PDT

Description

Seen munching on an alder leaf.

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European Wool Carder Bee Anthidium manicatum

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 29, 2020 12:55 PM PDT

Description

Photographed on a Lamb's Ears leaf.

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Bumble Bees Genus Bombus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 29, 2020 02:46 PM PDT

Description

This bee is another mystery for me because of its chocolate brown colour. The pattern of yellow banding is similar to B. Vosnesenskii which is very common here but this bee isn't black and it seems longer and leaner. I see that the female B. Vandykei is also dark with a different location of the yellow band on the abdomen (T3 rather than T4) but it too is described as black. Thanks for your help with figuring this out.

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Spotless Lady Beetle Cycloneda sanguinea

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 28, 2020 12:42 PM PDT

Description

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Grey Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 29, 2020 02:34 PM PDT

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European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 25, 2020 02:37 PM PDT

Description

I suggested Polistes dominula on Bugguide. This id was confirmed by Stephen Schueman: ".. the only Paper Wasp in our area with orange antennae".

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Black-footed Drone Fly Eristalis hirta

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 25, 2020 02:14 PM PDT

Description

Genus suggested by Kelsey R.P. Byers and species by Bill Dean on Bugguide. Size of fly less than 5 mm - it flew before I could get a better estimate and it was a very windy day.

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Yellow-Fronted Bumble Bee Bombus flavifrons

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 25, 2020 02:16 PM PDT

Description

(Assuming I am right that this is B. flavifrons) this is the second-most common Bombus species I've seen in our area. It was a surprize to get this shot.

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Fuzzy-Horned Bumble Bee Bombus mixtus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 21, 2020 01:46 PM PDT

Description

I believe B. mixtus is the only likely species to have orange at the tip of the abdomen so I have moved to species level. If anyone has a different suggestion, I would appreciate the opportunity to learn.

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Purple Foxglove Digitalis purpurea

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 16, 2020 02:33 PM PDT

Description

We have white and also pale pink flowers with this species, but the purple is most common. Not a great flower for photographing bees!

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Sitka Bumble Bee Bombus sitkensis

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 21, 2020 03:47 PM PDT

Description

This bee was new for me so I followed it around in a clover patch. Perhaps it is the black/yellow form of B. rufocinctus? Thanks for considering this.

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Multiflora Rose Rosa multiflora

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 18, 2020 03:44 PM PDT

Description

Bud pink, flower pale pink at opening and then almost white. Notch in end of petals. Flowers in clusters as well as individual. There are several sites with this species along the water opposite Rose Park, and we have also seen them under the power line on the Mamquam spawning channels trail.

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 21, 2020 01:32 PM PDT

Description

Following on yesterday's observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/50319373 I found a similar bee, this time posed with full abdomen in view. With this I'm also wondering about A. frigida, although the hair is not as thick as on some photos. Thanks for your help with considering this id.

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 19, 2020 01:48 PM PDT

Description

This bee seemed very small when I was photographing it - that may have been because it did not have its abdomen extended. Based on the size of the flower, the bee is about 2 cm long. I'm wondering whether this could be A. frigida. There are hints of white fringe across the abdomen visible in some of the shots. Thanks for any thoughts you can offer.

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 17, 2020 01:19 PM PDT

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 16, 2020 04:51 PM PDT

Description

I have been working to photograph the underside of the abdomen of live bees, in particular those which might help us understand whether B. caliginosus occurs in our area. This observation shows that there can be yellow striping or fringes under the abdomen without their being visible in a side view. This helps makes it difficult to distinguish live B. vosnesenskii from B. caliginosus. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Forest Bumble Bee Bombus sylvicola

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 16, 2020 12:10 PM PDT

Description

My first guess was B. rufocinctus, but the intensity of the colour and the combined yellow and black bands at the bottom of the abdomen have me wondering about B. sylvicola. And I know there are other possibilities. Unfortunately I did not get a top view of the face and head. Thanks for your help with this id.

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Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala

Observer

gwenlh

Date

August 6, 2005 04:07 PM PDT

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Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 13, 2020 07:07 AM PDT

Description

Looks like first year male - this is not full breeding plumage.

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Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 8, 2020 04:24 PM PDT

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 1, 2020 01:13 PM PDT

Description

Did not get a good side view of this individual, unfortunately. Thanks for any thoughts you have.

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Bees Epifamily Anthophila

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 4, 2020 02:04 PM PDT

Description

Apologies for the darkness of this photo - I do try to shoot on sunny days. As always, I appreciate help with learning more about what visits mr garden.

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Bees Epifamily Anthophila

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 6, 2020 11:45 AM PDT

Description

Perhaps Andrena? I appreciate any help you can provide.

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

May 26, 2020 01:28 PM PDT

Description

This individual is very different from others I have seen because of the light-coloured hair that covers much of the body. There seems to be some striping on the abdomen but unfortunately I don't have a photo that shows more of it. Thanks for helping me.

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Bees Epifamily Anthophila

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 1, 2020 01:18 PM PDT

Description

Wondering whether this is Andrena. Thanks for considering it.

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Bees Epifamily Anthophila

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 3, 2020 12:54 PM PDT

Description

Is this perhaps a cuckoo bumble bee? Thanks for taking a look.

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Bees Epifamily Anthophila

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 1, 2020 01:14 PM PDT

Description

Thanks for looking at this. Any thoughts appreciated.

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

May 19, 2020 06:34 PM PDT

Description

I am interested in taking photos of live bees that could help distinguish B. vosnesenskii from B. caliginosus in our area. There are no recent records for the latter species in BC. I do understand the challenges, but "nothing ventured, nothing gained". With this individual I was able to get a partial view of the underside of the abdomen and was able to see what looks like a yellow fringe at sternal segment 4. It looks to me like this is a female, as there are long black hairs at the edge of the tibia although little pollen has accumulated in the pollen basket. Overall the individual has a shaggy appearance. I appreciate any thoughts you have.

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