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By Kizzy

East Sussex, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone help in identifying an insect? First seen in my garden last year large bee like with orange coloured body not smooth a bit hairy. Flys around quite fast and made it's home in a bird nesting box. It has made the entrance hole smaller by some sort of material similiar to wasp nest material,
Only ever seen alone. It is here again this year and has again taken up residence in a bird house. Any ideas what it is? Haven't been able to photograph it's too fast.

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It sounds rather like the Bee Beetle. For the first time ever we have seen them in our own garden, seven at most. I understand that they are rare but not that rare.Moongrower posted a picture of ours on 16 June and this attracted a lot of useful comments.

29 Jun, 2010


Hi Guest take a look at my photo of the bee beetle

Sounds like this could be what you have

29 Jun, 2010


Thanks Bulbaholic and Moon Grower. However I have looked at the photo and it is not a Bee Beetle. It is darker orange and has a longer back end part to it's body that sort of hangs down as it is flying. It must be an inch long as I can see it flying when I am in the house. I've tried looking on the net but as yet can't see anything like it.

29 Jun, 2010


Could be a Hornet? the King of the Wasps and muncher of countless thousands of Aphids. The hanging-down abdomen together with the stye of nest-building from wood pulp suggest a member of the Wasp family. The black-tipped abdomen, though, sounds more like an Asian Hornet, which is an invading species.

29 Jun, 2010


Thanks Ilex. Don't know if it has black tip to abdomen. I thought hornets had a smooth body where this looks hairy/furry.

29 Jun, 2010


The European Hornet is smooth, the Asiatic is somewhat hairy - there are a number of wasps and quite a few nest-building solitary bees that might fit your description though....

Here's some more detail about the latter:

29 Jun, 2010

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