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Jul 22, 2011 8:52 AM

Hairy bee(?) identification

Hello. I came across this insect on ragwort in Sandy, Bedfordshire (the local habitat is appropriately sandy although deep inland). At first I took it to be a moth as it was so hairy but looking at the photo later (it didn't hang around for long) I'm sure it must be a bee of some kind. However I can't find anything like like it, especially with the very hairy legs with pale hairs. I'm afraid I didn't get any other views of it, although there are larger versions of this photo on my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangeaurochs/5958605741/sizes/m/in/photostream/. I wonder if it is possibly to identify this. Many thanks, Tom.hairy_bee.jpg
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    Jul 22, 2011 10:02 AM (in response to Orangeaurochs)
    Re: Hairy bee(?) identification

    I would call that a male Hairy Legged Mining bee, Dasypoda hirtipes, albeit a bit bedraggled. If you think this hairy you should see the back legs of the female - she looks like she is wearing the most fantastic pair of hairy chaps (that's the ‘chaps’ a cowboy wears not a couple of hirsute young men).

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