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Unknown wasp/bee

Observed: 4th June 2011 By: wolvobirder
Black Country and Staffordshire Naturalists
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creaturesnapper's picture

sphecodes

There are several very similar members of this family of bees ,so I cannot be sure of the exact species .

wolvobirder's picture

Thanks

Okay thanks for the ID :) I hadn't a clue other than that it was a bee/wasp. I found it hanging around Grey Mining Bees so I'm thinking the two species might be closely linked (parasitic bee?).

eucera's picture

co-incidence

Sphecodes are almost all brood parasites of various Lasioglossum and Halictus bees. The only exceptions to the rule in UK are Sphecodes rubicundus and S. pellucidus, which attack Andrena labialis and A. barbilabris respectively.

I would be amazed if there was any relationship between your Sphecodes and A. cineraria

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
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wolvobirder's picture

Interesting

Very interesting information, thank you. I'll have to have a look out for other mining bees they might be associated with then. There were lots about.

John