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2812Re: [beemonitoring] Carpenter Bee Behavior Question

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  • Charles Guevara
    Jul 27, 2013
       Bravo to bee attraction to salts...I sense this the terrific factor . For years my son and I  have noted the simple spring-summer (we never tried it in the fall season) attraction  of varieties of bee species to human urine on tree stumps.  Sorry if this offends forum sensibilities...but a darn 'quick and easy' means to observe a meadows bee species mix...is to observe a tree stump or rock which has been 'treated with an application' of this body fluid.  I have seen ove six types of bees all at the same time landed and enthralled by this circumstance here in central NY.
       It would be quite intresting (sorry to press on with this subject...but I.m sincere) to compare this 'protocol' to other 'survey trap protocols' in the same meadow or orchard.  I hope my two images reach the forum.  all the best, charlie guevara

    From: Edward Barrows <barrowse@...>
    To: Richard Orr <odonata457@...>
    Cc: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com; Edward Barrows <barrowse@...>
    Sent: Saturday, May 18, 2013 5:20 PM
    Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Carpenter Bee Behavior Question

    It looks like about 5 female and 2 male Xylocopa virginica virginica.   Hypothesis: Females were feeding on the goose dropping, possibly obtaining salt.  Two males hovered over the females, contacting females and each other.  The small be is a male of unknown species which chased a male XVV.  The bees concentrated in the area because food, and likely other bees, attracted them.  Other hypotheses, anyone?  Edd Barrows

    On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 8:12 AM, Richard Orr <odonata457@...> wrote:

    I took this short video yesterday at Fort Frederick State Park in Maryland.
    Does anyone have a clue as to what is going on with these Large Carpenter Bees?
    Be sure to view at full screen and in HD.
    Richard Orr

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