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This spotting is about a behavior. I believe this is a Golden Bumblebee who's behavior was definitely not quite normal. The butterfly bush attracts a lot of these bees and all were very busy gathering pollen from the blossoms. This bee, however, did not seem to be interested in doing that bee thing of gathering pollen. It has obviously been in a flower as there is a small amount of pollen on its body. It flew about the bush in a rather agitated manner and often just hung in the air. It would target a feeding bee and zero in on it. It would dive at at the feeding bee and harass the feeding bee until the bee would leave the flower. Sometimes the feeding bee merely left to find another blossom but, more often, the two bees would engage in aerial jousting. All the time I watched, this bee did not go to a blossom and behave in a normal bee manner.


Backyard. Seen around the butterfly bush.

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Tom15 10 years ago

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Great capture Elaine,you have a id suggestion,so you can update your spotting,congrats and thanks for sharing

dotun55 10 years ago


ElaineWebb 10 years ago

Yes, Jemma, the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel IS on the endangered list. Its numbers have rebounded to the point where it could be removed but because there are concerns that future climate/environmental events could once again reduce those numbers, it remains on the Endangered List.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

I should have taken a video!
Thanks for your help with Identifying the squirrel.
Your squirrel is on the endangered and rare list?

ElaineWebb 10 years ago

I did check out your link, Jemma and have to admit to being somewhat jealous! That was an incredible spotting and photography. Isn't nature grand?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

you are welcome! mysterious "Beehaviour " indeed!!
Did you get a chance to check my link out?

ElaineWebb 10 years ago

Thank you's for the great comments to KarenL, Jemma, John La Salle, k andrews6 and to those who have favorited this spotting.

KarenL 10 years ago

Very interesting series!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Elaine,we had increased bee activity due to a birth!

John La Salle
John La Salle 10 years ago

Could it have been a male? Which wouldn't have been at all interested in gathering pollen, and might of been harassing the other bees with a different intent.

Kyle A
Kyle A 10 years ago

That was bad beehavior. Very nice series. Thanks for sharing.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Very well could be!!
I left a message on your Delmarva squirrel. Could you please check that.I think you are the right person to ask for help in that. Thanks in advance!

ElaineWebb 10 years ago

Jemma, I don't think there's any nest close by; there's no trees right around the garden. It seemed to be more of a bullying kind of activity than protective as it hovered and chose a target then flew in for the attack.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

teritorial or she must be having a nest in that tree?

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Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2013
Submitted on Sep 12, 2013

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