I found this handsome beastie resting on wild privet a few years ago on the south coast of England, but haven't identified him yet. I'm asking in the 'bee' section, though I'm not completely sure what it is. I'd love to have a name for him if anyone can help me out.
Ah, not a bee or a fly then Thanks for the helpful guidance, Clive, I really appreciate it. By identifying it as a Cimbicid sawfly you put me on the right road. My first guess now is that it's a male Abia sericea, or something very close. Would you agree?
Here it is according to Bioimages:
It looks very much like it, but looks can be deceptive in the insect world, I'm discovering. My sawfly differs from this one in having a broader black pattern on its abdomen, a bit more hair, and antennae of a different colour.
I've just read that all the Cimbicids found in the UK are either rare or declining. Is this true?
I must apologise for giving the wrong location in my original post. The sawfly was found in Guernsey, not the south coast of England. Guernsey is not part of the UK, but for simplicity, is considered as such in many natural history records.
(Apologies if this post is duplicated. I've had logging-on problems, then a 'cut and paste' post had formatting problems, then when I tried to edit, only a few lines appeared, so I've no idea what's going to finally appear on-list. But I'll get the hang of how things work before too long ).