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Jun 18, 2012 9:07 PM

Bee ID please

Can anyone help with identifying this bee? I haven't really got much to add to the photo - it was quite fluffy and was taken yesterday afternoon.

 

Thanks

Alison

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    Jun 18, 2012 10:54 PM (in response to Winter)
    Re: Bee ID please

    Hello there.

    This is one of the bee mimics. I tend to missidentify them quite regularly. I'll go for Merodon equestris The Bulb Fly on this occasion. No doubt one of the real experts will point us both in the right direction.

    Lewis

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        Jun 20, 2012 10:44 AM (in response to Winter)
        Re: Bee ID please

        This is Merodon equestris - as Lewis suggested.  There's a loop in one of the wing veins that sets it apart from most other bee mimics.  Hoverfly species that mimic bumblebees tend to have a variety of colour forms, so it's not a surprise that some images you find on google will match this specimen and others won't.  It also looks like it's a newly emerged adult, the wings have not fully expanded and hardened yet!

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