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Jul 3, 2011 6:20 PM

Large bee-type insect

For the past 2 days I have noticed a large bee-type insect that has been feeding from my lavender plant (in East Yorks).  It is about 3cm long with black wings, black body except for orange/red tail.  I thought it was a red-tailed bumblebee but its thorax is shiny with no hair.  Yesterday a smaller, paler bee was climbing on its back for over an hour.  I have tried to photograph but my old camera is not very high-tec!  Any ideas, please?



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    Jul 3, 2011 9:50 PM (in response to LadyGrey)
    Re: Large bee-type insect
    Looks like Bombus rupestris, one of the cuckoo bumblebees. These are more robust with darker wings and generally less hair than the bumblebees they usurp. I will ask for a second opinion as there are too many records of this species as you move northwards.
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