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Who is this beautiful lady?


EmmetHuttValley
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Hi All - twice in the past few weeks my wife and I have spotted this little lady on our white lavender. She (I presume) is about the size of a honey bee but quite box-like in body shape. Her thorax is distinguished by fairly broad and distinctive brown and white bands. She seems quite territorial and has chased honey bees and bumbies off the lavender when they've tried to forage on the bush. She got quite curious with me when I was photographing her hovering about a foot away from my face looking straight at me (I didn't feel like she was going to have a go). Have only seen one at a time so wonder if this is a solitary native species. Any ideas as to who she is?

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