I was taking photos of flowers in my garden this afternoon and found this insect. It has such distinctive markings on its head / thorax yet I cannot find it in my insect book.
Feeding on a spring flower commonly called Forget-me-Not.
*** Thanks very much to gtj-45 (Gale) for identifying this as a Nomad Bee ***
Sometimes known more commonly as Cuckoo Bees, these are social parasites - a term derived through their habit of taking food meant for the larvae of their host species. They are harmless to humans and do not sting.
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