I have tried to ID this small insect, but Im not confident. Is it a gall wasp, Im not confident enough to add what I think it might be.
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I think its a little wasp as you say Cathal will double check my stuff
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Cathal, have a look at the Sphecodes family and see what you think.
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Sphecodes is a bee genus, kleptoparasitic on Lasioglossum bees (usually). The females are +- hairless (= wasp-like) as they do not need to collect their own pollen.
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Unfortunately. most Sphecodes have the same basic colour scheme. So although the genus is easily recognisable, you just can't get to species level without putting them under a microscope.
Thanks to all for the feedback on this insect. I was way off the mark with my Gall Wasp idea.
Thanks everyone, some great info here. Very interesting to discover that this Sphecode is actually a type of bee, much appreciated Syrphus.
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