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    Hello, I'm new, and as always new people have questions.

    One of my friends has spotted this bee, and we don't know what kind it is. Could anyone tell me please? xxx http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...x/blackbee.jpg

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    Looks like a green fly.
    If you build it they will comb it.<br />Tim Rolan

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    Sweat bee? Doesn't look like a blue orchard mason bee, but then I guess it shouldn't as you're across the pond.

    Try this site - might help [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    It almost looks like a Mason bee to me:

    http://www.pollinator.com/gallery/mason_nest.htm
    Dulcius ex asperis

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    Thanks for your help, but this bee was definately larger than an average honey bee. xxx

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    Yes, it does look like a Mason Bee, but i don't know much about them. They've been pollenating the petunias, and they're about an inch in size.

    Hope that helps. xxx

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    &gt;they're about an inch in size.

    Gawd awfully big bee. I didn't think they were quite that big, but I've heard them compared to bumble bees in size so maybe..

    Perhaps there's an entomologist or bug department at some university that could help you figure it out.
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    If you'd be willing to send me one, Buddhabee, I'll try to identify it for you. If you can catch one and freeze it, then pack it in some cotton balls (or cotton wool), and mail it to me, I'd be happy to identify it for you.

    Just send me a PM if you'd like to send me a specimen, and I'll give you my address.

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    Thanks! xxx

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    Bees have 4 wings.

    Flies have 2 wings and 2 halteers.

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