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All Black Bee

Observed: 27th April 2012 By: Ray Turner
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Spotted two bees flying in the lull between the rain. Light was poor and I had the wrong lens on so apologies for the really duff photos.
The identification is a bit of a stab in the dark, know almost nothing about bees but these two stood out because they were all black.
Feeding on Green Alkanet they looked at Garlic Mustard nearby but did not feed on it.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

Anthophora plumipes

These are Solitary Bees. Males are browner with paler hair, becoming paler as they age. Often to be found in small groups pursuing a female.

They have a long tongue which enables them to reach nectar in flowers such as Labiates (sorry Lamiaceae);eg. White Dead Nettle & Ground Ivy.

Brock

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Inconsistent

Interestingly Brock's post and the recent agreement have highlighted my incompetence as an entomologist having totally failed to identify the same species far more recently (www.ispotnature.org/node/396878). Doh!

Ray

Ray