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Please could you ID what I believe to be a bee mimic
No, I don't think it is a bee mimic. The wing venation points to it being a bee.
Specifically, I think it is Melecta albifrons, one of the two British 'cuckoo bees'.
M. luctuosa is similar, but considered likely to be extict in the UK
Many thanks Mike for your assistance, I have checked your identification on line and concur with your conclusion.