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Spring is sprung

Despite Andy Phillips recent bee bonanza it has been very quiet insect-wise at Rye Harbour. A search for bees at the northern end of Castle Water recently was unsuccessful, though I did find this common bee fly basking in the sun. This individual is recently emerged (the clue is the milky wings) but you can still make out the solid dark area at the front of the wings and the fact that there are no spots (distinguishing it from dotted bee fly). Bee flies are nest parasites of various solitary bees so it shouldn't be long before we start seeing some of their hosts appear. 

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