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Mar 30, 2012 8:45 PM

Apoidea Bee ID please

I was just leaving my girlfriend's house to catch a bus this afternoon when I noticed this bee that seemed unable to fly, and it was over-grooming and acting as though it was dying. I did not recognise the bee (I enjoy studying Hymenoptera, but my ID ability is undeveloped), so I took a few photos to upload here. Much to my fascination and delight - though perhaps not the bee's - it had a Strepsipteran parasite, which is probably why it looked to be struggling. The photos are not perfect, but I hope they are clear enough for a species specific ID.

 

  • It did not appear to have pollen sacs
  • The only yellow I could see was the hairs on the head and thorax
  • It had a Strepsipteran parasite
  • It had quite a slender thorax, and was marginly smaller than A. mellifera.

 

This was found in Brighton, East Sussex.

 

Thanks!
J Squirrell
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    Apr 1, 2012 3:06 PM (in response to Squirrell)
    Re: Apoidea Bee ID please
    These are pics of male Andrena. Not really possible to do these to species level from pics I'm afraid as we have quite a few different species in UK. You are spot on about the Stylops (Strepsiptera) female protruding between the segments of the abdomen
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