Re: [beemonitoring] Bee-shaped and fluffy character
- Thank you very much for replying, Laura, Liz and Don,have sent your replies (without personal details, just to be on the safe side of privacy) to the person who asked and I also thought it might be a black carpenter bee (perhaps the female is black?) , but from the pictures I found, it doesn't seem to be all that hairy.Much appreciated. I also searched the net, simply because the question intrigued me and now I have found so much new info. Thank you all for that.Cool that Darwin was right...hen? Carpenter bee, sphinx or hawk moth, silence of the lamb moths...
- In South Africa, there is a distinct alternative which those of us
from the US might not consider: a nemestrinid fly. If the proboscis
is long and *non-retractile*, then this is very likely, and would
rule out a hawkmoth. Nemestrinids in the US are fond of mints, so the
host plant also fits.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
- To the list members who replied to my first query. This is what I have found out to date:It was confirmed [P MacKenzie] that the plant is indeed a member of the Lamiaceae Family, genus Plectranthus, species neochillus - an indigenous plant commonly referred to as "Stinkbossie" (=stink/smelly bush) or "Spur flower", known to attract Carpenter bees due to their propensity for the colour blue.And according to Dr C Eardley: "Yes you do get large black carpenter bees in the Cape, one 2-3 cm long, another 1.0-1.5 cm long. They are the same genus but different subgenera to the American big, black carpenter bee. There is also one with yellow stripes, and from George eastward an orange one. Yes it has a long proboscis but I'm not sure how long."I forgot to ask if they are hairy... tcht.Most obliged.Regards,hen