The follower

Lord VetinariLord Vetinari SmugbugPosts: 15,001Registered Users Major grins

Spotted my first plasterer bee ( Colletes sp.)of the year the other day in the neighbour's garden feeding on ox-eye daisies. It soon became obvious that it was being followed around by a medium sized fly which stayed around 6" away at all times. Turns out the fly was a Sarcophagid Miltogramma species which are kleptoparasites of the bees. It presumably follows the bee back to it's nest and then lays it's eggs in there.

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