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A Bee or Not a Bee?
Lens: Sigma 105mm Macro Camera: Pentax K-5 Photo Location: Perth, Western Australia 
Posted By: eaglem, 12-28-2011, 08:23 PM

That is the question!



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12-28-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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Looks like a hybrid!


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EM, looks like a bee in a way, yet resembles a wasp. Possibly a new species in the land down under?
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It's hard to tell without seeing the head, could be a Faithfull Leavecutting Bee. Whatever it is, it's a nice image.

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Looks very much like the European wasp. A serious pest in Australia, got imported somehow. They can be deadly because they can sting multiple time, whereas one bee can only kill a person who is allergic. Also, the wasps get into drink containers at picnics and then sting in the throat.
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Thanks for the replies, I'll search around and see what I can find out.
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Well, it is not a native bee, and it does not look like any of the imported honey bees, and it looks suspisiously like the european wasp! You should report the sighting to Department of Agriculture and Food, Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881
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Oh, and nice photos once again. I wish I had half you talent!

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After googling information and pictures of the European Wasp I don't think this is one. The European Wasp is the same size as a honey bee but this thing was 3 to 4 times bigger than a bee plus European Wasps have yellow legs and aren't hairy, this has black legs and is hairy so probably more related to the Bee family than Wasp. I'll keep researching.

Here's another shot.


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I'm an organic/polymer chemist not a bugologist so what this thing is "bee . . . . ts" me. I do know great photography when I see it and these shots certainly look clean and crisp. You da king of Macro, EM.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
I'm an organic/polymer chemist not a bugologist so what this thing is "bee . . . . ts" me. I do know great photography when I see it and these shots certainly look clean and crisp. You da king of Macro, EM.

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Why thank you Jer, but I'm not sure I should be wearing that crown!
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maybe "Hairy Flower Wasp" ( female), native to Australia, 1 to 3 cm in length, fairly common in Victoria ( however I can't recall seeing one - or I would have yelled "crikey, look out for the giant bee" ) but with the assistance of google I now know!, nice shots by the way!

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Thanks Cee Cee I believe you're right but what's it doing in Western Australia???


Hairy Flower Wasp - Campsomeris tasmaniensis
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I sit corrected! Still, they are nice 'stills' (sorry could not help the pun).
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that's a fair question eaglem, its a long way... maybe it hitched a ride on some freight!

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