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.

Ivy bees - Colletes hederae - time to submit your records

Colletes hederae is on the wing. Help BWARS map the expansion of its range across Britain.

So far (as of 17 October) we have received some 640 records (an amazing number), however, we are sure there are plenty more to come, especially from counties from which the earliest recocords were made in 2001-2001. If you have nesting aggregations near you, it would be wonderful to have data on when these cease activity. One last drive please one and all!


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