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.
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.
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.
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?
Submitted by Stuart Roberts on Tue, 30/09/2014 - 09:24
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
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!
Submitted by Nigel Jones on Wed, 27/08/2014 - 10:18
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