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Jul 30, 2012 10:15 PM

Very small Bee/Wasp. Any ideas?

Hi all,

 

Just today I saw something in my garden I've never seen before. It was what I first assumed was a tiny wasp but after looking more closely it really did appear to be a really really small bee, maybe 5-8mm long. It was collecting necture, I believe had pollen sacs (unfortunately they are obscured in the photos) and was of a very dark colouring.

 

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I'm aware that it should be a Wasp due to its size and location (Berkshire) but I'm fairly sure it had Pollen sacs and I didn't think Wasps had those. Unfortunately I only had my phone on my so the pictures arent that clear and it was a very tiny insect.

 

Any help in identifying this little insect would be much appreciated.

 

Cheers!

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      Aug 2, 2012 7:16 AM (in response to Sleepybat)
      Re: Very small Bee/Wasp. Any ideas?

      Hi there Sleepybat, I know next to nothing about solitary bees so I'm not going to try and ID yours. But have you seen the BWARS website? That's probably the best online guide for IDing them -

      http://www.bwars.com/

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    Dec 19, 2012 11:32 AM (in response to Sleepybat)
    Re: Very small Bee/Wasp. Any ideas?

    This is a female Lasioglossum (bee) of some sort. Species level identification is usually impossible from pics I'm afraid

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    Dec 19, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to Sleepybat)
    Re: Very small Bee/Wasp. Any ideas?

    If I was to stick my neck out a bit.... I think I can see some greenish reflexions on the thorax. That would suggest this is one of the Lasioglossum morio group, and in Rdg, that would mean L. morio (most likely), L. smeathmanellum (still pretty likely), or L. leucopus (slightly less likely)

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