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Jul 21, 2012 7:14 PM

Looking for identification

Today, on the edge of woodland, nr. Winchester, Hampshire, I saw a very large bee, perhaps 3cm long.   It was a rich ochre-rust colour, hairy all over like a bumble bee but definitely not a bumble bee.   Bigger than an average bumble bee but no striples, just the rusty colour.   It perched briefly on some cow parsley and then flew off, buzzing quite loudly.   Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera to hand so I have nothing for anyone to look at.   I only saw the one bee of this kind.   Does anybody have any idea what it might be?

I've looked at images of carpenter bees and something called a teddy bear bee but there is no scale with the images and they seem to look smaller than my bee.

I look forward to hearing from someone who knows what it is.


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    Jul 21, 2012 7:48 PM (in response to Beesley)
    Re: Looking for identification

    Possibly a Queen Ruderal Bumble Bee Bombus ruderatus.They are pretty huge and the right colour as well as being very rare.




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