Osmia (m)

Osmia (m) - Bees
I saw this little (around 7mm) bee feeding on Lobelia flowers and had no idea what is was. Looking at the photographs, I noticed the lovely bronzey iridescence and this together with the 13 antennal segments (females have 12), told me that this was a male "something".

After reading through David Baldock's excellent "Bees of Surrey" and trawling various web resources, I decided that this must be a male Osmia, either Osmia caerulescens or Osmia leaiana. They are very difficult to tell apart.

Small bee on Daisy


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