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Yesterday I took a female Macropis europaea from flowers of the Dotted Loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata, from my garden. I am tens of miles from the next closest known population of this bee and also many miles from significant stands of the normal forage plant, the wild Yellow Loosestrife Lysimachia vulgaris. So, it is worth checking your Dotted Loosestrife in your garden. My patch is only about one square metre. I'll have to look out for it in the other gardens in my village...
I have lots of wasp activity at my garden "bee-hotel" at the moment. I managed a sequence of photographs of an apparent Pemphredon wasp provisioning with aphids, sealing the nest-hole with resin and then reinforcing it with wood fragments gathered for adjacent holes. Here's a link to the photograph and description on my Flickr account: