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...

Colletes hederae monitoring - Still time to help

The Colletes hederae ("ivy bee") season is now moving on apace. Don't forget to submit your records online. C. hederae reached as far north as Shropshire, Staffordshire and north Norfolk last season, and is likely to turn up further north this season. Early signs are good with new records from Wolverhampton, Rugby, Bedfordshire and Pembrokeshire. Details of our monitoring project are here. It looks like they will feature on Autumnwatch on Tuesday 28 October.

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