Beautiful Bee!

South Essex

South Essex
A landscape of wetlands and marshes nestled along the Thames Estuary.

South Essex

Beautiful Bee!

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A couple of these stunning black & white bees were spotted in our wildlife garden this week. Any help identifying them would be appreciated.

Cuckoo bee by David Lee

  • Thanks Soup Dragon! A great name for a great looking Bee.

  • Expert advice is that it is a male Melecta Albifrons. Apparently Melecta Luctuosa has been extinct in Britain for 70 years.

  • Difficult to identify from this page as no picture has appeared. If they are the ones I caught with Dave Gonning we think they are Melecta luctuosa.