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Small bee /wasp

Observed: 10th September 2009 By: marilynmmarilynm’s reputation in Invertebratesmarilynm’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

The smallest bee / wasp I've ever seen I need help identifying this seen on a thistle near the caost.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

Urophora's picture

The location excludes most of

The location excludes most of the small black Andrena, and the large pale grey foveae make it subopaca.

Martin Harvey's picture

Andrena minutula?

Can we safely exclude Andrena minutula, which has a Scotland distribution of "Mainland (includes Inner Hebrides) S of the Oban-Perth line" according to the Highland Biological Recording Group (http://www.hbrg.org.uk/). I think minutula has similar pale foveae doesn't it? ('foveae' being shallow pits on the 'forehead' just alongside the inner edges of the eyes, and filled with short, fine grey hairs)

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