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Help identifying bee

Hi, 
I noticed this large bee yesterday, don’t remember seeing one like it in the garden before and would love to know what it is. At least I think it’s a bee. It looked like it was wearing a yellow cycling helmet.

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  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,420
    Isn't that a hornet?
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,437
    It's a hornet mimic hoverfly.
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  • Thanks everyone. Looking at images online, it does look more like a hornet mimic hoverfly. It was quite some size, I didn’t know that hoverflies could be so big. 
  • Slightly off topic, @wild edges ( or anyone else that knows) - is there a good resource that would help me identify  wasps vs honeybees vs hoverflies ( other bees that i see look different enough) .
    I've seen some guides online , but when you see something in the park or garden it is not so obvious --- or is this impossible for a layperson? ( ie side by side the differences are clear, but not in isolation?). I'm getting better at recognising the 2 wing vs 4 wing formation but even that is really only obvious to me when things are at rest.

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  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,420
    Thanks everyone. Looking at images online, it does look more like a hornet mimic hoverfly. It was quite some size, I didn’t know that hoverflies could be so big. 

    Nor me!  Thanks @wild edges . I only see the ones that look a bit like miniature wasps.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Hoverflies are easy to distinguish form bees, wasps and hornets. Hoverflies have short stubby antennae in their middle of the face, while bees etc. have significantly longer antennae on top of their heads, which are lacking with the hoverfly in the photo.
  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady Posts: 777
    This is a honeybee (sorry for sideways pic). We only have one type of honeybee in the UK and this is it. Theyre not that yellow like many hoverflies and they don't wear cycle helmets  :D. I know what you mean and all the hoverflies i see "wear" them! Honeybees are a little bit furry on their top halves, but not like a bumble. I think they look really different from hovers. @wild edges is probably going to say this is a hoverfly too now 😆, but I'm 99% sure it isnt!
  • Thank you @pansyface , this is really interesting and clearly presented info. Seeing this lovely creature in the garden has made me want to find out more about them.

    @Crazybeelady - another new fact for me today. I didn’t know we have one type of honeybee in the UK. Every day is a school day. 

    He/she or one of the family came back this evening and I got a better photo. It has one set of wings, I think. 


  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady Posts: 777
    24 species of bumblebee and one honeybee, lots of solitary bees (vague!) @catrionad21E8Ym3ES1. That's definitely a hoverfly, it's really hair-free, quite yellow and is wearing a cycle helmet  :p
  • edited July 2022
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