Hello, all. I'be had a good morning in the garden today; it's raining now so I had to stop. Can anyone tell me what insect this is? I've also seen a black bee (completely black) and a bit bigger, I thought, than the usual bee... Thank you.
Looks like a wasp to me Probably a queen just come out of hibernation - we had one buzzing around here the other day.
Look on here https://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/identification/ and see if you can see your bee
Thanks, Dove. Just thought it was a little chubby for a wasp...
Thank you for the link. I think it might have been a Field cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus campestris.
Nah, definitely queen wasp. Even cuckoo bees are hairier than that, although not as hairy as their models. She'll be out looking for a nest site
H-C - the OP had a second query about the ID of a dark coloured bee
Can't beat a chubby wasp ppatter
Perhaps the angle made it look fatter too - the curve of the petal etc.
Ah, the other bee could be one of the solitary ones, one of the mining bees, or, a recent 'invader, xylocopa violacea, which is getting common, from the continent. It's not hairy, and very dark
Fairygirl: Yes, probably the camera effect.
H-C: The black bee was definitely hairy; too bad it was camera shy.