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.


Map of Oxford University Museum

Map for 2015 AGM

2015 BWARS AGM provisional programme - Oxford

Is this a bee?

Can anyone ID this for me please It was in a collection of gardens so habitat quite diverse.

Advice wanted on if this nest can be left to disperse naturally.

I have found a nest in my shed, I think they are a type of small hornet as they appear to be totally unfazed by my presence and have been non-aggressive on every occasion (4-6) I have entered the shed; I'm trying to decide if it needs treating or can be left. I'm happy to leave them to disperse in the autumn if it is a species which will not return to re-nest next year. I have a short video to allow for identification if anyone needs to see it?

Identification help - workshops, courses

As well as workshops at the upcoming BWARS AGM, two other opportunities to learn how to identify aculeates are listed in the BWARS Diary here

A Beginners' Guide to Solitary Bees & Wasps - Sunday 10 July 2016

Join Adrian Knowles, bee & wasp expert on this fascinating day. Adrian is the Suffolk county recorder for bees, wasps & ants.

There are some 200 species of wild bees in the UK, called solitary bees because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Some species nest in tunnels or holes in the ground, sandy banks and crumbling mortar while others use the hollow stems of dead plants such as bramble. They are harmless and do not sting or swarm so are safe to have in the garden and are very important pollinators.

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2015 BWARS AGM provisional programme - Oxford

2015 AGM - Oxford University Natural History Museum, Saturday & Sunday 17 - 18 October

The provisional programme of workshops and talks is available for download here

2015 AGM - Oxford

The 2015 BWARS AGM with workshops and talks will be held at Oxford University Museum of Natural History


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I caught this on sweet peas. I think it might be a leaf cutter Megachile centuncularis. Can anyone confirm please?

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