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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.


Megachile willughbiella confirmation please.

Hi all,

I caught a Megachile whilst surveying sand dune habitat on the Solway Firth in late August. I've just got round to IDing it and I'm 99% sure its M. willughbiella. However as it was in a coastal grassland site I thought it would be worth double checking just in case its actually a M. maritima. I know one of the distinguishing features is the length of the hairs on the fore basitarsus so I've taken a picture for comments.

Many thanks in advance.

Hypnorum "Bubble ?"

Can anyone help me please,
I found a hypnorum with what appeared to be a transparent oval balloon attached to the vent, and with what looked like an egg, and an oversized nematode stuck to the side.
I still have the photos.
It was still alive, but died several hours later.
Its something I have not seen before, and Im curious.

Many thanks


Andrena carantonica

I collected a female Andrena carantonica in West Sussex at the beginning of October and would be interested to know how common/frequent this phenomenon is.

Hi. Can anyone help me with these please?

I've spent the past two to three years trying to make my garden as bee-friendly as I can.
I've planted a wide range of different plants, grasses, fruit bushes and meadow flowers to attract a variety of bees, wasps, butterflies and mini beasts; and recently caught these little critters on camera.
However, I don't know what they are. I've looked about, and think they're possibly mating Beewolfs, but can anyone please help out with a correct I.D?

Cheers :)

Neglected Insects of Bedfordshire

Not strictly BWARS business here but a very worthwhile conference for anyone interested. Our friends in Bedfordshire are holding a conference entitled "The Neglected Insects of Bedfordshire" which deals with several groups (not aculeates). Among the speakers are several BWARS members and there is a very full programme.


Venue: The Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PR on Saturday 15 November 2014.

Booking is essential and tickets are reasonably priced at £12

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Atlas of bees, wasps & ants of Shropshire published

BWARS members Nigel Jones and Ian Cheeseborough collaborated on a 13 year project to discover and map the aculeates of Shropshire. The results are summarised in a new publication A provisional atlas of the bees, wasps and ants of Shropshire

hyperactive wasps

Late Spring saw a very calm pottering queen wasp house hunting amongst a grassy mound at the edge of a hedge. The area covered a laberinth of gaps between old rotting wood and dumped turfs. Over the following months the ground entrance became bigger. To date it measures approx 10 x 8cm oval. These wasps unseen must have excavated the earth and trimmed the vegetation.
This morning, and typical of the last 6 to 8 weeks, it is like a busy 'A' road. Whenever you watch it at least 4 sometimes 8 ineects are entering and exiting. The activity is phenominal!

The bumblebees of Kent - published.

Kent Field Club have published the Bumblebees of Kent by Nikki Gammans and Geoff Allan.  The 170 pages include more than 80 colour photographs and updated distribution maps and species profiles of the bumblebees of Kent.  This bo

Identification Workshop - An introduction to the Hymenoptera aculeata

An Identification workshop will be held at Dinton Pastures


An introduction to the Hymenoptera aculeata

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