Solitary bee that did n't want to be a 'take away' meal for a solitary wasp family!

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nurturingnature
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Solitary bee that did n't want to be a 'take away' meal for a solitary wasp family!

Solitary bee that did n't want to be a 'take away' meal for a solitary wasp family! video http://bit.ly/1m19frV

Possibly Andrena similis and possibly Ectemnius continuus? Was filming the pollinator activity at a few parsnips I had left to flower as an insect attractant... very busy and very interesting... another video on that though some other time! Hopefully some one more experienced in these matters may let me know the ID of both species? Thanks, George Pilkington

Nigel Jones
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I have seen that dive-bombing

I have seen that dive-bombing activity in several speciies of aculeate. It is probably one of two things, I think:

1. A frenzied male checking out anything that moves, in case it is a receptive female of its own species.

2. A female investigating anything that looks like likely prey. In the video, it looks like the wasp quickly decided that the bee was not suitable prey.

Stuart Roberts
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Solitary Bee and Wasp

Wonderful stuff George

 

The wasp does look very like Ectemnius continuus but the bee isn't really identifiable to species level although it certainly looks like a large female Andrena. I wonder if the wasp got confused as they don't normally prey on bees at all - but flies!

 

Fascinating

 

Stuart

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