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Can anyone identify this?

Hi there was wondering if anyone could tell me what this bee is or if it even is a bee, feasting on my peach tree, thanks 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,588
    edited March 2020
    some sort of Prunus. Or did you mean what sort of bee is it?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,562
    Bee on a peach! @Hostafan1.   It's very handsome, whatever it is and so's the peach.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,324
    edited March 2020
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  • AsarumAsarum East AngliaPosts: 566
    I think it could actually be a fly, all be it mimicing a bee.  Possibly Ferdinandia cuprea, it doesn't seem to have a common name.
    East Anglia
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,422
    I expect @wild edges would know...   :)
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,491
    Yes it's a hoverfly of some kind. There's a couple of hundred species to choose from and I can't tell enough from the photo sorry. These are pretty similar though.

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  • it is definitely a fly, because it has tiny antennae in the middle of the face, while bees and wasps have fairly long antennae on top of the head. Flies also only have one pair of wings.
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