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May 3, 2014 1:06 PM

What kind of bee is this?

We have a few bees buzzing around the apex and eaves of our roof, which is 10m up.  I am worried they could be scout bees and a hive is about to enter our roof or wall cavity.  But bees have been up there for 10 days or so and I would have thought scout bees would have moved on by now.  I therefore wonder if they are "Solitary" bees, possibly Mason Bees.  I am no expert, having read all this on various websites.  Could someone identify the bee from the picture please?  I also attach a photo of the eaves where there is a lot of fluff and bits and pieces that the bees seem to have put there.  Are they Solitary Bees building nests?

 

NB I have been wiping the eaves with vinegar and/or peppermint, to try to discourage scout bees.  This bee came down attached to the rag!  If they are Solitary Bees, should I discourage them to avoid problems with the house?

 

Many thanks for any help you can give me!

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