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24/07/2013 at 13:13

It's a lovely insect, I shall have to check the figworts for larvae.

24/07/2013 at 22:11

Thanks all, I have searched through many websites and also agree that it is not a carder bees.  I spend a lot of time looking at the bees, etc.

After researching hornets, wasps, sawflies, there is nothing like this I can find.

It is definitely not a hornet, I wish I could have got a better photo, as the shape is completely wrong, also after researching the european carder bee and other carder bees, the marking are not close and the size is wrong.

Welshonion - most definitely at least 2 inches, the mesh is an inch square and on the 3rd picture it shows diagnally that it covers 2 squares

Waterbutts - I definitely live in Britain - Bristol.

Dove - I was researching on the NHM website and was considering contacting them but thought that maybe I don't have good enough pictures


24/07/2013 at 22:16

You can but give them a try - no harm done 

24/07/2013 at 22:20

I wonder if it could be a foreign import (maybe in cargo) and, because of the unusually warm weather, has been able to fly about.

I'd definitely give the Natural History Museum a go. Archivists love a challenge. Don't worry about the picture quality.  - if you know that insect you'll be able to identify it from them, no problem.

24/07/2013 at 22:27

Ok I will give it a go with NHM now, wish me luck.

At the time my friend said to me you should contain it as it looked unusual, I thought it may be an import via cargo, it was very docile and looked like it couldn't fly very well.

24/07/2013 at 22:33

Can't wait to hear the result!

24/07/2013 at 22:35

I will keep you all informed

24/07/2013 at 22:38

that looks fantastic, i'm excited to hear what it is !

24/07/2013 at 22:42

I have spent ages trawling through sites too. Learnt loads whilst doing it but found nothing that looked anything like it so I too am waiting with bated breath for the verdict

13/08/2013 at 22:40

Hi all

A quick update, NHM got back to me and stated that they thought it was an elderly carder bee.  hmmmm???

Thanks for all of your help

13/08/2013 at 22:52

Hmmmm indeed!  I'm not convinced. Thanks for getting back to us!

13/08/2013 at 23:09

Not convinced either. The shape is all wrong.

14/08/2013 at 00:03
14/08/2013 at 18:26

That looks more like it Mandy. Wait for mdw84 to verify. I want to see one now  

14/08/2013 at 18:47
Farmergeddun wrote (see)

MDW It looks like the European wool carder bee Anthidium manicatum to me.

mdw84 wrote (see)

Hi all

A quick update, NHM got back to me and stated that they thought it was an elderly carder bee.  hmmmm???

Thanks for all of your help

It wasn't me who replied 

14/08/2013 at 22:27

Thanks Farmageddun.  Although I am still not convinced it is. 

MANDY - It does look more like the short haired but to me is bigger than the pictures I've seen, do you (everyone) think I should reply to NHM saying I don't think it is?

15/08/2013 at 18:09

How about  Xylocopa virginica, this illustration looks quite close

Although it is native to the Eastern US.



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