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Digger wasp?

Observed: 21st April 2010 By: moongirl01moongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I've been seeing quite a lot of these in the garden lately. Is it a digger wasp and if so, please could someone identify it for me? I didn't think that digger wasps were supposed to be as furry as this though.

Identifications
  •  
    Likely ID
    A Nomad Bee (Nomada sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 3 People
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    • Matt Smith
      Amateur Entomologists' SocietyBees, Wasps and Ants Recording SocietyDipterists ForumPeople's Trust for Endangered SpeciesTachinid Recording Scheme
      Invertebrates expert
    • Martin Harvey
      Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
      Invertebrates expert
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

moongirl01's picture

Thanks norwegica!

Thanks for identifying this for me. As I said earlier, I thought of a digger wasp first of all but then doubted that it was one of those as it was so furry.

You're right in guessing that there are various species of Andrena in my garden also. In fact, there are huge numbers of them this year. My mum is quite pleased though as we have several fruit trees/bushes and I know that mining bees are important pollinators.