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New to the discussions so will have missed any previous posts on identification of this metallic-yellow fly. It was hard to catch stationary so only a single photo at a distance.

Not brilliant photo of golden metallic fly (it flew off) Long abdomen but not as long as dragonfly. Any suggestions please.



  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,399
    Hard to tell..  Maybe some kind of wasp? There are about 900 species I think. 
    How big is it, was it visiting any particular plants?
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,306
    @wild edges is good with these.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,354
    Looks like a bee to me but we don't get any that fancy in the UK as far as I know. Where are you @marg.ince ?
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • marg.incemarg.ince Posts: 2
    Thanks for comments. 
    - We live in The East Midlands.
    - Insect was flying around near to garden pond. I guess it was ~1.5cm - so initially thought either a small dragonfly-type or a hornet (we get both) but never seen such  shiny metallic golden colouration..

  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,354
    Well I'm stumped. My best guess is that the golden colour is caused by a dusting of pollen and that's just throwing off the ID of what might just be a fairly common bee. Maybe a blue mason bee or something similar which would be a bit shiny under the pollen.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
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