Bee

 Bee

Observation - Bee. Description: Is this a Red Mason Bee (male)? There are dozens in the garden just now, and they are quite pugnacious little bees - one even chased off a huge buff-tailed bumble queen. The second photo shows one looking like it's trying to mate with a Tawny Mining Bee.

Is this a Red Mason Bee (male)? There are dozens in the garden just now, and they are quite pugnacious little bees - one even chased off a huge buff-tailed bumble queen. The second photo shows one looking like it's trying to mate with a Tawny Mining Bee.
The abdomen doesn't look quite as rounded as ID photos of Osmia rufa.