Bees Wasps & Ants Recording Society

BWARS - welcome to our website

BWARS is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland. Read more

A message from BWARS' patron George McGavin

"Bees, wasps and ants are among the most important animals on the planet and are essential for the health and survival of countless other species - ourselves included. If you want to learn about them, the new BWARS website is a fantastic, authoritative and accessible on-line resource. We ignore these fascinating and indispensable creatures at our peril."


Maps, photos, life histories and more...

There is a page for each British and Irish species of bee, wasp and ant. Eventually these pages will include a detailed account for each species, with distribution maps, photos, life history, conservation status and identification tips.

You can find species accounts in three ways

  • Browse through the Species
  • Select a species from the A-Z of species
  • Type a species name into the search box at the top right of any page or the search box at the top left of the A-Z of species

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A female Andrena vaga was found on Monday 6 April by Ian Beavis as it was looking for a nest site in Dunorlan Park Tunbridge Wells. This is a very exciting discovery of this large spring Andrena. Recent records from Dungeness and from the Solent coast in the last year or so are the first from Britain for many years. It is a Sallow feeder. Everyone should keep their eyes peeled for this spectacular bee!

Records can be submiited online here


Photo: Andrena vaga - Ian Beavis

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