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Can anyone identify this bee?

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flindorama Thu 21-May-20 21:36:40

I posted in gardening but no replies. Hoping with the traffic here someone knows which bee this is.

They are nesting in our roof. Sure they aren't honeybees.

Just want to know so I know whether to worry or not!! I've already been stung once. But not even sure if same type of bee as it was early last week.

TheoriginalLEM Thu 21-May-20 21:38:00

I wonder if that is a bee fly

bridgetreilly Thu 21-May-20 21:38:50

Masonry bee, probably.

stella1know Thu 21-May-20 21:39:11

Or hover fly? I don’t think they sting.

recycledteenager24 Thu 21-May-20 21:39:21

have you googled it ? there are so many types.

Proudboomer Thu 21-May-20 21:40:11

Tree bee?

TheoriginalLEM Thu 21-May-20 21:40:26

www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/flies/narcissus-bulb-fly or one of these

MitziK Thu 21-May-20 21:41:09

The eyes tell the truth. It's a Bee Fly.

No sting.

exerciseinmypyjamas Thu 21-May-20 21:41:16

Mason bee.

I've got them in the roof of my shed at the moment.

Anythingwill Thu 21-May-20 21:41:37

Yes. His name is Dave

flindorama Thu 21-May-20 21:42:56

Yes been googling a lot. I thought a tree bumble bee but am unsure. Definitely not a hoverfly. I thought (maybe wrongly) that masonry bees were solitary and there are definitely plenty of them flying in and out the hole in the sofit. We are on West coast of Scotland if that makes a difference.

WashYourFins Thu 21-May-20 21:44:13

Second the narcissus bulb fly www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/flies/narcissus-bulb-fly

If it only has one set of wings I don't think it can be a bee. The eyes definitely look more like a fly.

YouTheCat Thu 21-May-20 21:44:25

As it's a full bee, it can't be Eric.

NomDeFume Thu 21-May-20 21:47:14

Is it a Common Carder Bee. Also, I like this Spike Milligan poem. Hopefully it doesn't turn out to be true.

A Bee!
A Bee!!
Is after me!!!
And that is why
I flee!!!!
I flee!!!!!
This bee
This bee
Appears to be
Very very
ANG
-ER
-REE!!!!!

HopeYouStepOnALego Thu 21-May-20 21:48:46

I'd suggest you contact a local bee keeper who will advise you and may help remove them if you're lucky.

flindorama Thu 21-May-20 21:51:05

Wow learn something new everyday. I agree it's identical to the Narcisscus Bulb fly and obviously thats what I've rescued from the sunroom today!!! I see the fly eyes now that it's been pointed out.

I wonder what is nesting in roof then. It can't be them. Strange I'll need to keep an eye on them.

I rescued Dave/Eric and put him on a flower!

Mytimetogo Thu 21-May-20 22:15:19

It's a bee fly. They mimic bees but are hover flies and they do a fab job at pollinating and feeding us!

Mytimetogo Thu 21-May-20 22:17:16

Have a look here-

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombyliidae

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