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#1 2018-05-15 22:06:16

Ed_P
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Fly investigating Red Mason Bee nest

I was once advised not to ignore other invertebrates that were showing interest in solitary bee nests. They're possibly not there my chance. This fly was investigating Red Mason Bee holes in a drilled hardwood post at Eardington Nature Reserve near Telford. Is there enough detail to determine whether is likely to be a species that is attracted to bee nests?

Many thanks

Ed ...


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#2 2018-05-15 22:35:58

Tony Irwin
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Re: Fly investigating Red Mason Bee nest

Despite having its paws hanging over the edge of the nest hole, I suspect this is an innocent muscid that is there by chance. It strikes me as not quite right for a Leucophora, and AFAIK there are no associations between Osmia and Leucophora anyway.

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#3 2018-05-16 00:25:42

Ed_P
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Re: Fly investigating Red Mason Bee nest

Tony Irwin wrote:

Despite having its paws hanging over the edge of the nest hole, I suspect this is an innocent muscid that is there by chance. It strikes me as not quite right for a Leucophora, and AFAIK there are no associations between Osmia and Leucophora anyway.

Thanks Tony; and that's my understanding too. Just thought I should enquire (as instructed). Interestingly, it exhibited Leucophora-like behaviour in that it didn't fly away when I poked a camera at it ...

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