Broad-faced Mining Bee in the garden, 2 May 2024

On a sunny Thursday afternoon I had my regular look around the garden for any interesting inverts. 

I struck lucky with a Broad-faced Mining Bee nectaring on spurge in the front garden under our lounge window. Being only 99% sure of the id I checked with the experts who kindly confirmed it for me. With precious few county records it was a very pleasing find. 

Also around the garden I found Common Mini-miner, Stenodema laevigata, Dock Bug, Flavous Nomad Bee, Rhopalus subrufus, Spotted Canefly, Pimpla rufipes and the weevil Sitona sulcifrons.

                                                                                                                           Broad-faced Mining Bee
                                                                                                                               Rhopalus subrufus
                                                                                                                         Flavous Nomad Bee
                                                                                                                                Spotted Cranefly
                                                                                                                            Common Mini-miner
                                                                                                                               Stenodema laevigata
                                                                                                                           Sitona sulcifrons

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