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Post  FamilyGardening on 6/19/2011, 6:06 pm

out in the garden checking on things and taking some pictures when i came across this little guy on two of my tomato plants....at first i thought it was some kind of bee....but after getting a closer look....i dont think its a bee.....

anyone know what it is and if it should stay in my garden? Very Happy

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Post  FamilyGardening on 6/19/2011, 7:23 pm

bumping.... Shocked

well....hubby just got home and he is laughing at me saying that is a bee....but it didnt look or act like a bee....so now im confused.... :scratch:

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Post  pattipan on 6/19/2011, 7:32 pm

Maybe some kind of leaf-cutter or mason bee? They are considered beneficial insects. They just use bits of leaves in their nests, but feed on/gather nectar.

See this page. Scroll down and look through the different sub families in this category. and maybe you can find your bee.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/84

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Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/19/2011, 7:38 pm

This probably isn't what it is but it's the first thing that came to mind....

http://www.sdnhm.org/fieldguide/inverts/sten-fus.html
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Post  camprn on 6/19/2011, 8:06 pm

It looks like a bee to me.
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Post  dizzygardener on 6/19/2011, 10:37 pm

Doesn't look like a bee to me either.

I'd guess that it's a Robber Fly. They often have coloration very similar to that of a bee.
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