BWARS forum - first, please read this

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.

 

Tree bee life cycle

Hi. I'm new here and not an expert on bees and their life cycles.

Last year I had a tree bee nest in my great tit nest box. Over the winter all activity ceased and I was lead to believe (after reading several articles on the web) that tree bees vacate the nest and find somewhere to hibernate. Today I decided to take the bird box down and clean it out ready for any new occupants next year (birds or bees).

There was an old bird nest in the base and at the top was a silky and suprising strong construction which felt like a thick duvet and was presumably the tree bee nest.

Red tailed bumblee

Hi. I had a Red tailed bumblebee fly passed me yesterday on its way to a camellia bush 6 feet away. It did not stop long. Is this early activity? No time for a photo.

Solitary wasp as an aphid pest controller!

Probably a Passaloecus species removing aphids from a nest cavity and replacing them with other aphids video http://bit.ly/1tIQT92

2014 Bombus hypnorum monitoring - latest map

Stuart Roberts has added a a new map  showing the results of the 2014 monitoring project for Bombus hypnorum. This includes 3,290 lines of data. 224 new dots have been added to the map in 2014, which represents a more than a 20% increase over 2013.

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Bumblebee Identification Workshop

Gayton Village Hall, Gayton, Staffs. ST18 0HL led by Ron Rock. Cost £10 per head. 11.00-14.00
Learn to identify garden Bumblebees in this three hour course. There will be follow up field meetings in May and August.
To book your place at this event contact Ron Rock ronrock@phonecoop.coop

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29 March 2015
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Volunteer recorder(s) needed for Biodiversity Benchmark site

Hi all,

I hope that this is okay to post here but please feel free to remove it if it is inappropriate.

I am currently involved in the Biodiversity Working Group for the company I work for in Exeter, Devon.

The office grounds are certified as a Biodiversity Benchmark area through the Devon Wildlife Trust.

We are continually trying to improve the grounds for wildlife and last year we installed two "bee hotels".

Bumblebees (ecology and identification)

A one day intermediate course held at RSPB Dungeness led by Nikki Gammans (The short-haired bumblebee reintroduction project) Cost £18 per head. 10:30-3pm
For further information (booking and parking details) click here

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28 March 2015
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Sat, 28/03/2015

Bumblebees (ecology and identification)

A one day beginners course held at RSPB Dungeness led by Nikki Gammans (The short-haired bumblebee reintroduction project) Cost £18 per head. 10:30-3pm
For further information (booking and parking details) click here

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8 March 2015
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Sun, 08/03/2015

Identifying Difficult Invertebrates

An advanced level residential FSC course at Preston Montford Field Centre with tutor Paul Lee

This invertebrate identification course is designed to help students develop higher level skills in the identification of invertebrate species. Sampling techniques will be discussed but the main emphasis will be on the collection, preparation, identification and curation of invertebrate specimens. Participants will be expected to select a suitable taxonomic group in which they will start to specialize by building up a reference collection of specimens.

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10-13 July 2015
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