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.
Submitted by Stuart Roberts on Sat, 22/11/2014 - 10:02
Master beekeeper Meg Seymour, travels widely as seasonal bee inspector for FERA (Food & Environment Research Agency.) She is in charge of the bee project at Mendip Hospital Cemetery. Her talk “The Bee Species of Britain” will talk about the various types of bee, the contribution they make to the environment, the problems that face them, and how they can be helped.
I have an extremely active nest of wasps/bees in my garden, which seems unusual for this time of year. I would appreciate any help in what the possible species might be - whilst I have a keen interest in wildlife, I am completely new to the field of bees and wasps etc, so if anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great.
I work on a Plan Bee project for Lancashire Wildlife Trust and have been asked by a local group if placing up to twenty bee hives on a Nature Reserve (that includes small areas of semi natural and created, fairly species rich grassland) will have a detrimental effect on other pollinators.
The location is Chorley, in central Lancashire.
I've wondered about this myself on a number of occasions though have not been able to unearth any scientific study or even anecdotal reports.
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