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Bumblebees and Unknown Chafer
Lens: Tamron f/2.8 90mm Camera: Pentax K-3 Photo Location: Manchester, Iowa 
Posted By: mroeder75, 09-18-2022, 08:49 PM

Numerous bumblebees and this unknown chafer were in my back yard, today. My spouse planted this plant/flower bush that attracts bumblebees, honeybees, and this unknown chafer. I like the colors, which is my reason for sharing with you.


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I think it's a cucumber beetle.
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I appreciate your comment but started to view and could not find a green cucumber beetle. But maybe.
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Nice detailed capture of the insects and blooms with bright colors. Can't help on the beetle.

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I think it's a cucumber beetle.
I think you are right, after looking at the U. of Minnesota Extension Service website. Our neighbor has gifted us cucumbers from his garden, and a cucumber beetle.
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Very pretty shot--with two bonus creatures in it!
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Nice detailed capture of the insects and blooms with bright colors. Can't help on the beetle.
Thank you for your comment

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Very pretty shot--with two bonus creatures in it!
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Thank you, kindly.

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Great shot of a Common Eastern Bumble Bee, Bombus impatiens. As they get older, they start to lose hair and they often get a bald spot on the thorax between the wings. This is the most common bumble bee across the eastern half of the USA.
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Great shot of a Common Eastern Bumble Bee, Bombus impatiens. As they get older, they start to lose hair and they often get a bald spot on the thorax between the wings. This is the most common bumble bee across the eastern half of the USA.
An entomologist! Thanks for the explanation. As a kid, we had much larger bumblebees that came out of holes in the backyard in my hometown in Iowa 45-miles east of here. Any thoughts on what that variety may have been?
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What a nice and colorful image! The bumblebee and other insect are a nice bonus.
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I'm not an entomologist, just an interested naturalist. There are many bees that nest in the ground, including bumble bees.
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What a beautiful nature image. That Tamron lens married to the k-3 is quite an impressive marriage. Many thanks for the awesome treat.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mroeder75 Quote
As a kid, we had much larger bumblebees that came out of holes in the backyard in my hometown in Iowa 45-miles east of here. Any thoughts on what that variety may have been?
Could have been a carpenter bee...



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Could have been a carpenter bee...



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I agree with you on my current bumblebee, but not my boyhood bumblebee.
So, any one else on larger bumblebees?
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