12:00PM, Friday 28 April 2017
A retired solicitor claims he has discovered a rare continental insect in his home.
Anthony Bannister, 75, from Belmont Vale, pictured, said he was reading a newspaper item on Friday about what scientists believe was the first sighting in Britain of a black bee fly.
The insect, whose scientific name is anthrax anthrax, was found in Cambridge a few weeks ago.
The 1cm black-bodied, black-winged creature is found mainly in continental Europe.
Mr Anthony suddenly remembered a similar looking insect which had died in his house.
“I thought that’s a familiar looking bee. I doubt I’m the only one in Maidenhead [to have found one]. They wouldn’t have flown solo from Calais.”
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