Friday, 17 July 2015
A Sharp-tailed Bee, but which one?
I have a regular visitor to my nesting leaf-cutter bees at present, a sharp tailed bee genus Coelioxys. I think its either C. inermis or C. elongata. I'm afraid without killing it I'm not in a position to confirm the I'd. However a lovely bee and even though it has the job of a cleptoparasite of the leaf-cutters is a welcome and uncommon site here in Nottinghamshire. Any hymenopteran experts reading this, if you can identify from the photographs then please let me know.