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Dec 1, 2012 1:08 AM

Is this really a blue wasp?

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I saw this and took the photograph in Sri Lanka in July, it was wonderfully attractive because it looked just like a common UK wasp, but was bright blue. I only saw one of it; I've tried a basic search online but can't identify it.  It looks like a wasp or a hover fly, I'd be greatful if you could shed some light on what it really is. Thanks.  My first photo of it was blury, but might help:

 

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    Dec 1, 2012 2:39 AM (in response to Andy W)
    Re: Is this really a blue wasp?

    It is a bee (no fly has antennae like that). Probably belonging to Thyreus (six species in Sri Lanka according to An Annotated List of Bees [Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformis] of Sri Lanka by Anura Wijesekara - pdf here), possibly Thyreus insignis (see image 98 on page 406 of  Ecology and Natural History of Tropical Bees ed by David W. Roubik). A pdf Keys for the identification of common bees of Sri Lanka can be found here.

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