A closer look for a better ID

As you know over the years I have become more and more fascinated with hymenoptera, and do my own surveys which get added to iRecord and the national data base. This give a clear indication of whether a species is increasing its range or is struggling to hold on to where it is. To Id alot of species of bee and wasp you sadly have to take a sample to look at under a microscope , for me this wont be done lightly but it is the next stage of my learning so today I have myself a microscope and will let you know how I find ID’ing with it.

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