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  •  the Golden Bee is the male (3+ / 0-)

    They appear for just a couple of weeks in spring and stake out a bush or garden area and patrol it. The females are most of the colony that lives in some holes in wood nearby, they are all black and also about an inch long. I don't know what and where the males go the rest of the year...I have never seen one except when they patrol for the couple of weeks.

    They sometimes dogfight although I have only seen actual contact once (noisy).

    When you approach they will fly up and look you right in the face, don't freak, they are not interested in stinging you. You are being cataloged for possible assimilation, look for the wireless antennae..kidding, their stare is eerie.
       They will go right back to patrolling in a moment.

    I caught one in a jar and watched it for 15 minutes...rather he watched me the whole time.
    He had a nerveless stare and stayed exactly centered in the jar.
    I have never seen them alight on anything.

    When I let him go he went straight back to his spot and resumed patrolling.

    They are Goldeney yellow and there is no missing them, they are an inch long and very sturdy and fast.

    It's funny to watch them check out everything that comes close..a Honeybee flew into his territory and there was a noisy clash there too, like crisp paper being crumpled fast, the honey bee fled.

    They also pursue butterflies which are often the Sulphers and Buckwheats. No contact, just following them.

    I luv em.

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    by KenBee on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 11:33:54 PM PST

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