Osmia pilicornis

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Rosie Earwaker
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Osmia pilicornis

Has anyone seen Osmia pilicornis this year? I would be very interested to know if anyone has, or if anyone has been specifically looking for it.

Stuart Roberts
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I am certain that George Else

I am certain that George Else has seen it this year. I have in the past, but not for a very long time. Indeed, I even found a nest in a cut birch stump in a bit of coppice woodland on the Wilts/ Dorset border at Scrubbity Barrows

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It's interesting that you

It's interesting that you found a nest Stuart. Did you take any photos of it by any chance? I would like to know a bit more about the nest if you can remember what it was like.

Thanks,
Rosie

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pilicornis nest

George took a pic or two. The nest was in an area of 2 year regrowth post-coppice woodland. I did some pollen analysis too and I could look out what I found in the scopa of one of the females

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Thanks for the info.

The female we found the other week at Tudeley Woods was in a one year coppice regrowth area and was on Ground Ivy. It would be interesting to know what the female you found was foraging on if you could dig out the records please. I'll ask George about the photos and check whether or not he has seen it this year because he didn't mention that he had a few weeks ago.

Ed Phillips
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O. pilicornis - post on Twitter

There were a couple of posts on Twitter last week about a sighting at Tudeley Woods. Link:

https://twitter.com/#!/TWBC_Museum/status/202752890979364865/photo/1

Hope this helps.

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Rosie Earwaker
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Thanks Ed

It was me who was looking for it there :)

I'm doing some research into this species at the moment because it appears that it has only been found at one site in the UK - Tudeley Woods - in the last decade. If anyone has a record of it at any other site since 2002 then I would very much like to know!

Rosie

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The bee is back!

A sunny weekend has brought out a couple of Osmia pilicornis females in West Sussex (found by George Else and Paul Brock). It would be great to get some more records of this elusive species, so please let me know if you find it anywhere over the coming weeks.

Thanks,

Rosie

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Osmia pilicornis hunt

Hi all,

I'm going to be continuing my search for Osmia pilicornis this spring in South-east England. If anyone would like to get out and look for it in their local patch, feel free to get in touch and I can recommend sites to check. Also, please let me know if you find the bee anywhere because I'd be very interested to know where!

Thanks,

Rosie

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