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Can you see the yellow bee in the middle of the picture? It's a newcomer to my garden and was seen on the Cotoneaster. Every year the Cotoneaster is smothered in bees but the yellow bee hasn't been seen before. It really stood out amongst the others.
I am curious to know what sort of bee it was so if anyone has any ideas I'd be pleased to hear them. I've looked on the bee identification sites on the Net but couldn't find one that resembled it.
It was quite a plump bee, very furry, with a strikingly yellow body, no stripes, and two orange coloured sacs either side. I presume that's where the pollen is stored but I could be wrong. The sacs wobbled as it moved from flower to flower.
Several days later I saw another bee. I'd say it was the same variety even though this one has stripes. It has the sacs either side. I watched this one for ages, intrigued by the way the sacs moved around.
Any suggestions as to where I might get information?
While in the mood for asking questions, does anyone know anything about Veetle.com, the site by which we can watch films on computers? I was given the link but am wary of downloading something I don't know much about.