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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.

 

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

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An introduction to the Hymenoptera aculeata

Identification workshop: An introduction to the Hymenoptera aculeata

Saturday 11 April 2015

Mike Edwards & Graham Collins.

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Exotic sphecid?

I know this isn't the place for ID queries, but I would like the experts here to look at

http://www.ispotnature.org/node/436935

It looks to me like the continental mud-dauber Sceliphron destillatorium, but this does raise the awkward question of what it was doing in a car park in Chepstow. It's impressive, whatever it is. (I'm not the observer)

Do alate ants hunt?

http://www.ispotnature.org/node/434604

- is an iSpot post of an "unknown wasp" carrying the leg of an Opilione. I'm pretty sure the "wasp" is an ant because of its right-angled antennae and general body shape, but I can't find any account of hunting behaviour in alate ants. I assume it would be a male as all accounts seem to say the females lose their wings after the nuptial flight. Equipping male ants with jaws and digestive systems seems a bit like over-engineering...

was 6 now 7 associate species visiting solitary bee nest box...

6 is now.... 7 species of solitary bee pests on video all after larvae/pollen with very small wasp you may have not seen before unless you already knew about it!!! http://bit.ly/1naqvLd

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