Re: [bwars] Leaf-cutter?
- I agree with Adrian, but am not in any way an expert.Saw a Bombus terrestris Queen fly briefly over a Mahonia at Hayle on 29 th. Dec 2008, don't think it stopped but decided it was too cold and flew off at speed.B.terrestris workers still here at Rospannel Farm on 27th. Dec 2008 on Mahonia.Happy New Year to AllBernard----- Original Message -----From: Adrian KnowlesSent: Thursday, January 01, 2009 7:27 AMSubject: Re: [bwars] Leaf-cutter?
The scale of the flower and therefore the overall size of the insect, plus
the orange abdominal hairs on the underside suggest Megachile centuncularis
If you have access to British Wildlife magazine Vol 10 No 6 August 1999
there is a good (but technical) identification article by George Else.
p.s. Happy New Year!!! (sorry, couldn't resist it....)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Covey" <od0man@yahoo. co.uk>
To: <bwars@yahoogroups. com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 4:51 PM
Subject: [bwars] Leaf-cutter?
> Hi All,
> I've been sorting through some old image folders and came across what
> I think is a Megachile leaf-cutter bee. The image is here:
> http://www.flickr. com/photos/ 15121707@ N00/3153224099/
> I'd welcome confirmation or correction.
> TIA and a Happy New Year to you all [and a warmer drier one!]
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- And a happy New Year to you too [and all BWARS members] Adrian. Thanks to you and Bernard for your help. I do have that British Wildlife magazine and M. centuncularis does look favourite. I thought it might be M. willughbiella on the size [and the fact that it too is common!], but having googled some images the latter looks much more 'hirsute' than my example. I get them regularly each year in the garden but have yet to find their nests - or cutting activity.
I've uploaded another view of the same bee to my Flickr photostream at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15121707@N00/3156745812/ if it's of any help.
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