Garden "Bee Hotel" and a Coelioxys Bee

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Ed Phillips
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Garden "Bee Hotel" and a Coelioxys Bee

I have a home-made "bee hotel" in the garden, which has been successful in attracting Osmia bicornis and Osmia leaiana, together with a collection of different cleptoparasites. For the first time this year, it also attracted a Megachile centuncularis leaf-cutter. Within a day, I was thrilled to see a Coelioxys bee sitting on the top of the structure. Only the second one I've ever seen.

I was just wondering whether other observers who may use solitary bee houses/hotels, have also seen Coelioxys attracted to them and whether with the increasing popularity of these structures, some of these "scarcer" species may be observed more frequently?

Nigel Jones
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Coelioxys

Hello Ed,

Yes indeed, I have occasionally seen Coelioxys inspecting my bee trap nests. I guess that observations may become more frequent, as I certainly see more on my trap nests (1 or 2 a year) than I ever see in the field.

 

Nigel

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Coelioxys in the garden close to 'bee hotel'

Hello Ed, I had one coelioxys this year, at the end of June, hanging around for a couple of days and nectaring on Meadow Cranesbill which has self seeded into gaps in the paving immediately below a wall mounted 'bee hotel'. There have been megachile sp. nesting in several of my boxes for at least the past four years. We get willughbiella, ligniseca and centuncularis in the garden. (the last two sp. ID'd /confirmed by Lincs county recorder Alan Phillips from my 'windowsill collection' of bees picked up dead. )but this was only the second time I had spotted a coelioxys.
The previous sighting of a coelioxys was last year out on the nearby roadside verge/unofficial nature reserve log pile habitat heap. This year a megachile has nested again in the same hole at the end of the log:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13718295@N07/7932886930/in/photolist-d617UA-d617P3-d617B1-d617HG
Haven't managed to spot any coelioxys activity out there this year.

I have some photos of the one on the cranesbill but can't see how to upload them here.

Leslie

Ed Phillips
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Hi Leslie

Thanks for the reply. That's really interesting. If you want to add an image, click on the "Edit" tab at the top of your post and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. There's a facility there to Browse for your image and then attach to post.

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Ed ...

leslie in linco...
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coelioxys on meadow cranesbill

Thanks Ed, it's taken a while to get round to it, but here is a photo of a Coelioxys in the garden just below a bee hotel.only the second one I had seen and have not seen another since.

Paddy
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Hi Ed,Ive had Coelioxys in

Hi Ed,

Ive had Coelioxys in my bee houses also sagypa which ive not seen before and Hoplitis caviventris and lots of others. I have found the houses i make with thermalite blocks work really well much better than canes. this is the very light breeze blocks used as isulating walls, they are often thown in skips as corners break, they are so soft you can drill them with wood drills,and also drill 3-5mm holes for hyaelus, trypox and ruby tailed. they need a slate on on top as are quite pororus. out of the 5 sites i put them they are all ocuppied by something in the first summer

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Bee hotel

Hi Ed, I use them and this year had O. Bicornis, O.leaiana, a species of leaf cutter, a solitary wasp filling a cavity with sawfly and a species of Coelioxys which I have never seen to date. It was the pointed abdomen that alerted it to me as it at on one of my solitary bee homes.

Martin Dohrn (not verified)
Garden "Bee Hotel" and a Coelioxys Bee

I have photographed four species of Megachile in the garden over the last few years, but las year was the first time I had ever seen a Coelioxys - which I think is C. elongata. I only saw it once. This winter I made 'bee hotel' in a rotting sycamore log, which has been very popular with Osmia, Hylaeus, Megachile and Sapgya. And for days on end, a male Coelioxys was hanging around, nectaring from many different flowers, mostly Pentaglottis, Geranium, and Pilosella. So the answer to your question is probably yes.

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