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Bee

Observed: 1st April 2011 By: annerileyanneriley’s reputation in Invertebratesanneriley’s reputation in Invertebratesanneriley’s reputation in Invertebratesanneriley’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Is this a Red Mason Bee (male)? There are dozens in the garden just now, and they are quite pugnacious little bees - one even chased off a huge buff-tailed bumble queen. The second photo shows one looking like it's trying to mate with a Tawny Mining Bee.
The abdomen doesn't look quite as rounded as ID photos of Osmia rufa.

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Species interactions

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Tawny Mining Bee - male

Thanks for that - at least it makes more sense!

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