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This forum is a place to discuss matters related to BWARS and general matters related to aculeates.


It is not intended as a forum for identification queries. We may add this feature in due course, but meanwhile, if you need help identifying bees, wasps and ants, please use either iSpot or the BWARS forum on Yahoo.


Macropis europaea in your garden?

Yesterday I took a female Macropis europaea from flowers of the Dotted Loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata, from my garden.  I am tens of miles from the next closest known population of this bee and also many miles from significant stands of the normal forage plant, the wild Yellow Loosestrife Lysimachia vulgaris.  So, it is worth checking your Dotted Loosestrife in your garden.  My patch is only about one square metre.  I'll have to look out for it in the other gardens in my village...

Pemphredon? wasp reinforcing resin nest-seal with wood fragments

I have lots of wasp activity at my garden "bee-hotel" at the moment. I managed a sequence of photographs of an apparent Pemphredon wasp provisioning with aphids, sealing the nest-hole with resin and then reinforcing it with wood fragments gathered for adjacent holes. Here's a link to the photograph and description on my Flickr account:

6 species of solitary be pests all filmed using the same nest box

6 species of solitary bee pests: cuckoo wasps & bee, mites, fly, all filmed using same nest box! see them for yourself!

Not great on these types of ID!!!!

Cheers, George Pilkington

Garden with solitary bee habitat needed by BBC

I'm looking to made a short film about the habitat that gardens can provide for solitary bees. If you have an attractive garden that's being used by them, I'd love to hear from you.

Cacoxenus indagator, red mason bee cleptoparasite life cycle video

No ordinary fruit fly Cacoxenus indagator, red mason bee cleptoparasite mostly spells the death of a bee larva video

Took some time and planning to make this video. Hope you like it. Cheers George Pilkington

dufourea minuta ?

hi,newbie here so apologies if I'm in the wrong bit. I have recently observed a very small bee (about 5 mm in length and 2mm wide) and wondered if it could be Dufourea minuta and if so is it common on the south coast of England ? Spotted in a group of burrows I haven't seen this species before and would welcome any help,unfortunately they are really difficult to photograph but I will endeavour to get a snap a.s.a.p.

ID help required

We live in N Yorks and found this strange bee!?. It sounded like a bee, it was the size of a bee, but black with a white back and seemed to have been struggling to fly, but going from flower to flower. The next day it was back but unlike other bees you can crouch down and watch them. This one seemed very timid and flew off the minute I tried to get anywhere near it to take a better picture.
The only thing that it looks to relate to on the internet is a Bot Fly but it seems that the internet suggests they are not found in the uk.
Have you any ideas for us please?

Life cycle video of monodontomerus

This is a progression of the video I made at the last BWARS AGM. Some of you may never have seen it before. I enjoyed planning it, making it and editing it. I didn't enjoy the havoc afterwards though! I hope you enjoy it! Cheers George Pilkington

Hypnorum on the Beeb

A lot of news on B. hypnorum foillowing the publication of a paper by Mark Brown's team at Royal Holloway today (4 June).


The BBC have run with it and got it (almost) right!



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