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Solitary bee

Observed: 25th June 2013 By: mark pattersonmark patterson’s reputation in Invertebratesmark patterson’s reputation in Invertebratesmark patterson’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Thanks familiar

Thanks familiar with the bumbles but still learning the solitary bees

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Male Megachile or Osmia?

I guess it could possibly be a male Megachile. I must admit that I'm not familiar enough with either species to separate the males with certainty. While the females look reasonably different the males seem to look quite similar to the only partially trained eye.

The more bees I look at the more confused I get. There are so many bee genera!

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to bee or not to bee

My passion is bees im a bee keeper etc , bees are very hard to identify. But unlike osmia bees , the Megachile lift their tail when walking about and feeding its a trait they have which Osmia's dont ... great blog wolvobirder .. I do one it started off with bees but once i started trying to photograph all the ones that came to my garden i soon noticed so much more so its grown and grown and is now a bit obsessive lol.. im trying to photograph everything insect that comes to my small garden take a look


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Thanks Stephen for the tip and the kind comments. Your blog looks amazing and I will take the time to read some of it. Some fantastic photos. You should really add the URL to your profile and/or your signature.

As you can probably see I don't update my blog very often. I normally end up writing way too much so my posts can take a while to put together.

Cheers, John

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Have just done it John , im new to ispot so hadn't realised you could do that ...

:) Stevo


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Im a bee keeper also - I know

Im a bee keeper also - I know Stephen from LBKA facebook page - great macro photography Stephen!. Like Stephen my interest in bees came about after becoming a bee keeper. Other than bees I'm a conservation professional and my main interest and what I studied at Degree level is ornithology - birds.

Ive long been interested in honey and bumble bees but I'm just starting to try and learn the many solitary species. I'm finding some of the smaller ones particularly hard to ID. Unlike bumbles there is yet to be a definitive ID key or chart for the solitary bees though I know BWARS are developing one and have first drafts of the key for 2 solitary bee genus's available on their website.

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hi Mark , the best id for

hi Mark , the best id for solitary bees in the Bees of surrey and you get them here

Yes its mainley about surrey but you get great photo id's etc and the other book is the collins complete guide to british insects which also has a great bee section :)


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Thanks Stephen I have the

Thanks Stephen

I have the collins field guide series including the insects of britian and northern Europe but find it disapointing. I'll try the book you mentioned and check out the website you recommend too.

I often refer to BWARS web pages and fact sheets