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Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 22:35

I will keep you all informed

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 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.

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 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


Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 23:22

I didnt realise how many types of bees etc there are, after reading about bees, wasps etc tonight, I think that this bee could have been a parasitic bee of the bombus genus. I would really love to know though

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:57

waterbutts - I really cant remember for definite but am sure there were 4. What are your thoughts?

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:40

thanks teen.

This was definitely not a wasp, I think it had to be seen to be believed, it was a giant.  I am not frightened of bees (I am of wasps - because of their relentless sting) I got up close because of it being similar to a bee but when I realised how big it was i was frightened

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:31

Thanks John. Sorry about the pics, it was flapping around at the time and I was probably a bit shaky as it was big

I had a scout around on the net, thinking it was a hornet, but I am sure it isn't I looked at the different types of hornets and wasps and none of them came close, this had an all black face, furry body, the yellow parts you see near the head was like a yellow fur, wasps and hornets from my recollection are "smooth bodied".

Also at its widest part (excluding wings) it was about 1 inch, it was also acting very dazed and looked like its wings couldn't keep it weight in the air, I took it off of the compost bin and put it in the hedge (the compost bin does have what I think a solitary bee going in and out) 

Can I move a Buddleia?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:08

to add Mike, flower buds have now started appearing and the 3 cuttings I took (by accident as they snapped off when moving) have all took.

My next door neighbour is doing well with all of my cuttings this year


Flowering black bamboo

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:05

I have read that whenever a bamboo flowers, it then dies, not straight away though.  I hope it doesn't  Paul, they are a beautiful specimen

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:01

Your design sounds great and has given me inspiration for my own front garden which is is exactly the same in size and siting.  Acers have such versatile uses, I have 2 varieties and my back garden in a mix of all sorts, for example lots of climbers, acers, fuschias, cannas, gunnera, bamboo (in pots), lillies etc.  

My only suggestion would be to choose an acer that is more suited to shade, this variety prefers full sun, apart from that, go for an acer.

Another thing to think of is, if you intend to look out of a window that is central to the garden, don't plant your focal tree "Acer" in the centre, I had a magnolia when I moved in planted in the centre and it drove me nuts as I felt that it was in the way (also goodness knows why someone planted a magnolia in a north facing facing

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