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What bee is this?

Observed: 28th March 2011 By: JTH1JTH1’s reputation in InvertebratesJTH1’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Jon, how would you distinguish male nitida from carantonica (= scotica)? I usually struggle to do it with specimens and am not sure at all from this photo. On another recent bee you mentioned carantonica having a hairier abdomen, but that isn't clear from my specimens.

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I have found the keys very

I have found the keys very unsatisfactory but have examined quite a few specimens looking for reliable features to separate common species. There seems to be a definite difference in the hairiness of the abdomens of scotica and nitida particularly evident under a microscope but also discernible from a good quality photo. But I am no expert and am still learning!