Bees on the reserve

With the warmer weather is is not just butterflies to spot on the reserve. The warmer days provide plenty of opportunities to find bees on the reserve in April.

Below is a table of the bees sited on the reserve in 2016 thanks to the efforts and reporting by Ryan Clark

Common Name Scientific Name
Tawny Mining Bee Andrena (Andrena) fulva
Gwynne’s Mining Bee Andrena (Euandrena) bicolor
Grey Mining Bee Andrena (Melandrena) cineraria
Buffish Mining Bee Andrena (Melandrena) nigroaenea
Early Mining Bee Andrena (Trachandrena) haemorrhoa
Hairy Footed Flower Bee Anthophora (Anthophora) plumipes
Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris
Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum
Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius
Red-tailed (Hill) Cuckoo Bee Bombus rupestris
Southern (Vestal) Cuckoo Bee Bombus vestalis
Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum
Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum
White tailed Bumblebee Bombus lucorum
Ivy Bee Colletes (Colletes) hederae
White-footed Furrow Bee Lasioglossum (Dialictus) leucopus
Two-coloured Mason Bee Osmia (Neosmia) bicolor

The last entry is particularly interesting to look out for as it makes its nest in old snail shells. It then uses very small “sticks” and grass to seal the entrance which it collects and carries to the nest. This can give the appearance of bees “riding broomsticks”.

For more information on these and other bees visit  www.bwars.com