Late summer bee party!

Yesterday (9/20/2019), as the kids played outside on their swingset, I noticed that the large patch of Yellow Crownbeard was COVERED in pollinators. I saw at least four (possibly five) different types of bees, along with many Sachems, a ladybug and a fancy caterpillar. It was impressive to see about a hundred bees working their stingers off to get ready for winter. I particularly fell in love with the gigantic bumbler that the algorithm has suggested is an Eastern Carpenter Bee. I had no idea they were so huge!!

We also took some photos of a clickbeetle, the exciting sproingy mushrooms that are growing out of the woodchip, and our hawk which flew overhead.

It's shocking how many species live around us all the time, just waiting to be noticed. :)

Posted by the_royes the_royes, September 21, 2019 18:44

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:25 PM EDT

Description

The Yellow Crownbeard patch was lit today. At least 4 different types of bees observed. This bumbler was HUGE! At least an inch long.

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:25 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Eastern Bumble Bee Bombus impatiens

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:26 PM EDT

Description

Not sure if the suggested ID is correct. This bumbler was about the size of a dime.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Virginian Tiger Moth Spilosoma virginica

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:27 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:28 PM EDT

Description

Harmony. :)

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:33 PM EDT

Description

Some of the honey bees seemed to have lighter stripes, lighter fuzz and yellow markings on their heads. As compared to the other bees with more black on the abdomen, less fuzz, and black heads?

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:31 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:34 PM EDT

Description

Focusing on the skipper in this observation.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Lady Beetles Family Coccinellidae

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:34 PM EDT

Description

Focus on Ladybug in this observation.

Fungi

Photos / Sounds

What

Hongos Kingdom Fungi

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:36 PM EDT

Description

While these two fruiting bodies look quite different, they were only a meter away from one another. I suspect they're part of the same organism, but am no expert. Each cap was about 4 inches in diameter. ~3 inches tall. Found in the wood chip mulch of the kids' playground.

Photos / Sounds

What

Pure Green Sweat Bee Augochlora pura

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:39 PM EDT

Description

The most beautiful bee! I love her.

Photos / Sounds

What

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:40 PM EDT

Description

Our lovely hawk. I'll never get over the delight of seeing them swoop over our property. We're so lucky.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

the_royes

Date

September 20, 2019 03:43 PM EDT

Description

My daughter had a bug crawling on her.

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