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.
Having followed the activity of several Lasius brunneus nests in various locations in Epping Forest during the Spring and Summer I have been surprised by observing workers still active, albeit sluggishly, whose nest is located in a large, sawn section of tree trunk. Although in this part of the country weather conditions have been fairly mild the last two nights have been frosty yet on checking this nest today(11th December) I observed two workers moving between nest entrance holes and on checking some twenty minutes later saw one more.
It is now 22 years since a large and general introduction to the wonderful world of bees, came on the market (Bees of the World by O’Toole & Raw). Natural history books that are aimed at the interested general public, lavishly illustrated with spectacular photographs and still of considerable value to experienced melissophiles are as uncommon as they are welcome.
Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other beneficial insects
This is one of an increasing number of how-to books now on the market, and Jan Miller-Klein’s volume covers a range of aspects of wildlife friendly gardening, with a special emphasis on gardening for butterflies and bees.
The World Museum at Liverpool is seeking to extend its coverage of British aculeates in its reference collection. Gaps in the collection are listed here. If you can provide specimens of any of the listed species please contact Tony Hunter in the Zoology department at firstname.lastname@example.org.