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

The BWARS website has been subject to an important software upgrade. This has changed presentation in places and may have caused a few problems. Do please contact the Website Managers if you spot anything that may need attention. The Species Gallery is currently unavailable whilst work is undertaken to fix some problems caused by the upgrade.

Maps, photos, life histories and more...

The BWARS website contains pages for each British and Irish species of bee, wasp and ant. Most pages contain a detailed account, distribution map, photos, life history and conservation status. Features such as videos and identification advice are being added over time.

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...

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Identification workshops and more

Visit our Diary page for an extensive list of aculeate identifcation workshops, residential courses and more.

Spring solitary bees - submit your records

The first Anthophora plumipes are on the wing with reports coming in from around the country. Help us monitor emergence times and distribution of some key spring bees by submitting your records online here:

Anthophora plumipes Hairy-footed flower bee
Andrena cineraria Ashy mining-bee
Andrena fulva Tawny mining-bee
Osmia bicornis Red mason-bee

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