Several I think on Rosemary in Broadview Gardens
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I wondered whether it might be, just from pictures on the web, but are there any particular convincing chacteristics that make you think so? And is it a bit early in theory or not?
Thanks again for all your help,
the two horns are a clincher I think, fortunately visible in your pic 4 -
typing your id into iSpot search usually reveals other examples with useful id descriptions - not sure how early it is but most things seems to be this year
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You would be right about the horns if a) this was a female (it is a male) and b) it had horns (it does not). See http://www.bwars.com/imagesbwars/Gallery/Ian%20Beddison/O%20rufa%20incop..., where you can easily see the unique horns of female Osmia rufa, sticking out horizontally at the level of the bottom of the eyes. I am not sure what you interpret as horns here.
I am not very familiar with O. rufa (it does not come this far north), but it looks good to me for a male of that species.
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yes I see now that the horns I noticed from other obs. are so-called as they're horizontal
Hi Stuart, to help out a relative novice in these bees is O. bicornis just another name for O. rufa or is there more to it ?
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Thanks for your help everyone, what a pleasure it has been for me to see this bee for the first time. I shall keep an eye out for the female and its remarkable horns!
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