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Solitary Bee - ID believed to be a Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile)

Observed: 26th June 2013 By: NaturlichNaturlich’s reputation in InvertebratesNaturlich’s reputation in Invertebrates

Images sent to Beewatch, they were unable to identify this solitary bee for me. It's much smaller than even a Carder worker bumble bee. To the eye the thorax was dark with bright orange/yellow hair, the abdomen was almost black with a fringe of orange hair that covered the underside on the abdomen. Wings folded on top on one another on the abdomen. Seemed to vibrate it's body when feeding from flowers pushing it's head down into the flower.

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Hey Chris after your ID I

Hey Chris

after your ID I looked through google images, and I think I'd have to agree with you, by far the closest match with possibly minor individual marking differences to other images, but it's by far more likely than truncorum lol

Thanks for that, it's actually rare to see solitary bees in our garden, but funnily enough we recently put up a tube nest box for solitaries, so fingers crossed we see more than dozens of bumble bees now :)

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H. truncorum is a small species, less than 10mm long

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