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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

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New species for my list.

Learn:  http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/bumble_bees.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Aster (Symphyotrichum sp.)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina sp. possibly dupla or C. floridana)

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Tiny pollinator.  Nests in the pith of broken or burned plant twigs and stems.  Another reason to leave some plant debris and not be overly tidy in the garden.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/ceratina.htm

The above literature only lists 2 species for Florida. The following adds more so this may well be considered: C. floridana

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/ceratinini.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: QUEEN-DEVIL (Hieracium gronovii) aka Hawkweed

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp.)

“Coelioxys, a genus within the leafcutting bee family, are kleptoparasites (they lay their eggs in the nests of other leafcutter bees and the young “steal” all of the stored pollen).” source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/leafcutting_bees.htm

“Adults take nectar at flowers. (They must be eating for themselves, because they do not provision a nest.)”

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7605

Key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/coelioxys1.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WINGED LOOSESTRIFE (Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum)

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