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A Bully Bee?

 
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Solarpat
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:19 am    Post subject: A Bully Bee? Reply with quote

I was shooting some video of bees working the Flowering Cherry tree blossoms a couple of days ago when I noticed what looked like a bee pulling another bee off it's blossom and tossing her aside. I caught it on slow motion video here, http://solarbeez.com/2013/04/10/a-bully-bee/
Is this weird or what?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if bees have territory. That's what it looked like. The other bee just flew off. Maybe it knew it was tresspassing. "and don't come back!"
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incredible video, even before the bully bee. Never seen anything like it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just last week ago I was shooting another short video of bees on apple tree blossoms...again, I was focused on a bee working an apple blossom when another bee swooped down and 'tumbled' the nectar sipping bee. Both bees then flew off.
I shoot a lot of video with my little pocket camera...I'm going to try to document whenever it happens. So far I've only seen it on white colored blossoms...flowering cherry and apple...don't know if the color has anything to do with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a bully solitary bee kicking another off a blossom. See:



Also I observed bully honeybees at the pond when taking water. This observation was confirmed by another beek.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found another example of a bee uncerimoniously brushing an insect off the side of a flower. This time the insect was not another bee, but a white-winged insect.
http://solarbeez.com/2014/02/23/a-bee-sideswipes-an-innocent-insect-on-a-crocus/
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looked like an aphid to me.

Who knows why the bee took against it, though?
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