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Lassioglossum species and attacking wasp

Observed: 1st August 2013 By: GinannGinann’s reputation in InvertebratesGinann’s reputation in Invertebrates
Lassioglossum species, 1.8.2013  (2)
Lassioglossum species, 1.8.2013  (3)
Lassioglossum species, 1.8.2013  (4)
Lassioglossum species, 1.8.2013  (5)
Lassioglossum species, with possible Nomada bee, 1.8.2013  (7)
Lassioglossum species, with possible Nomada bee, 1.8.2013  (8)
Lassioglossum species, with possible Nomada bee, 1.8.2013  (9)
Description:

I think the bee I was looking at, and taking photos of, was a possbile Lassioglossum species. A wasp swooped in and subdued it in a few seconds, before flying off with it. I would like to narrow down the possible Lassioglossum spceies, if that is what it is, please. But the attacking wasp (I assume wasp) has a particularly colourful side to its abdomen that I can't match in ID guides. It was the hottest day of the year with an air mass up from the continent south of us. Could it be a non-native wasp?

Identifications
  • Lassioglossum bee species
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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They are mating. Looks like

They are mating. Looks like Lasioglossum.