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Bee or wasp?

Observed: 18th April 2009 By: jonmortin
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
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Description:

2 photos of the same insect on a dandelion...

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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It is a cleptoparasitic bee,

It is a cleptoparasitic bee, which looks like a wasp (relatively hairless) as it does not have to collect pollen. Instead, it takes over the stored pollen of its hosts (other bees, especially Andrena).

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TRY

recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.