Closer inspection revealed it to be a mining bee of some description, although its yellow legs seem to mark it as a different species from the tawny ones I've photographed.
As I watched, it began to dig down into the earth, backside up in the air until that was all was that left visible. Presumably this species lays its eggs underground, although the stripy abdomen would surely indicate this specimen was a male.
It ad almost disappeared completely when an angry ant attacked it, and presumably a dose of formic acid caused the bee to think better of mining here, and fly off.
Sadly my first pictures of the encounter failed, but I still got a few.
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Wonderful photos and well done spotting it, lovely colour...ReplyDelete
Thank you, I'd already seen it flying around before it just started digging under my nose!ReplyDelete
Well spotted and recorded Simon.ReplyDelete
I'm getting very envious of some of your Bee sightings, keep them coming.ReplyDelete
Fascinating. I often see bees with a bright orange rump - I shall watch them closely in future to see where they are going.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comments folks, been watching some flower bees with orange faces getting stuck into red dead nettles today, hoping my pics of those turn out to be reasonable! Large white butterflies are up today.ReplyDelete
Keeping looking up, and looking down, is how I try and do it. While not running into trees.
Fascinating photos Simon. Bees always fascinate me. I am starting to see quite a lot of them now.ReplyDelete
Interesting post Simon - and great that you were able to get some photos :)ReplyDelete
Wonderful captures! Fascinating post, thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
Score with the photos. I've never seen a mining bee in action. I think we've had one or two buzzing around the garden, but that and an ice cream sound like a perfect combination!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, I just wish I had a better camera. Rather awakward to run with a 300mm lens tough, I'd have thoughtReplyDelete