Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Bee with no abdomen ...

Found this little bee wandering around on the decking - looked odd and then I saw it had no abdomen! It didn't seem able to fly - well it didn't fly away when I blew on it, just walked away.

I assume something ate the tasty bit (?) and left the rest ....

Never seen anything like this before, although there are a few items on the internet. Anybody else?


  1. A number of years ago; Mike Hogan and I were trapping at a site in Merthyr Tydfil. At some point in the evening, I made a hash of potting a noctuid (I forget what it was) and accidentally decapitated it. We left the headless unfortunate in the pot and at the end of the session, three or four hours later. When we went to throw it out, we found that it was still alive and wandering about in the pot, so Mike took it home with him and it apparently continued to live and remain active for at least twenty four hours more.

    1. Hi Mark. The poor thing was still painstakingly crawling around later in the evening, but it was dead by the morning.