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035Bee

Observed: 22nd June 2013 By: Sue KneenSue Kneen’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Kneen’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Kneen’s reputation in Invertebrates
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grant burleigh's picture

Sphecodes pellucidus

A solitary bee, rather than solitary wasp, I believe and parasitic on certain ground- nesting bees.

Mydaea's picture

There are many species in

There are many species in this difficult genus, and they all look +- the same. You can't get to species - it 'might be' almost any of them on the basis of the images.

Sue Kneen's picture

I am aware of the

I am aware of the difficulties,I did tube the bee in the photo and key as well as I could in the field.I know with Specodes thats still not much more than an educated guess.

Mydaea's picture

In other words, you can't

In other words, you can't identify to species in the field. Even a specialist would want a specimen and a microscope, and might find it hard even then.

eucera's picture

ID Comment

The key characters in all key couplets (and S. pellucidus keys out in couplet 9 of my key) are all microscopic, and impossible to appreciate in the field. Just occasionally one can do S. monilicornis based on head shape - beyond that, it is no more than guesswork

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