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

More ways to explore the site...

Spring bees online recording - submit your records

The first spring bees are emerging across the country. BWARS has online record submission for four easy to recognise species. Submit records here:

Anthophora plumipes (hairy-footed flower bee)

Andrena cineraria (ashy mining-bee)

Andrena fulva (tawny mining-bee)

Osmia bicornis (red mason-bee)


Photo: Andrena fulva - Bernhard Jacobi


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