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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.


South West Bees Survey Report for 2014 published by Buglife

Buglife have produced a report detailing the results of a survey for seven bee species in south west England.

The report presents the findings of the project’s first ground-truthing surveys from May to August 2014. The objectives of these surveys were:

  • To confirm the presence of target species on sites with historic records -
  • To evaluate habitat suitability on surveyed sites -
  • To add to information on the autecology of target species


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South West Bees Project - 2014 Survey Report

Buglife's report on the work of the south west bees project in 2014. Author Rory Dimond.

Wild bees of Scotland Guide published

BWARS members Mike Edwards and Jeremy Early have collaborated with Scottish Natural Heritage to produce a guide to some of the common and more readily identified bees of Scotland. The guide can be downloaded here

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Weighing Bees


I am a student at the Open University doing a degree in Environmental Science. I am about to undertake a project/investigation into pollinating insects. As part of the investigation I will be recording the weights of Bumblebees which (as far as I can gather) range between 0.05g and 0.90g.

Does anyone have experience of recording the weights of insects and if so can anyone recommend a budget set of scales that give sufficient precision/accuracy for this purpose?

Bombus monticola records - lancs

Three Bombus monticola females spotted at White Coppice, Lancashire (south of Brinscall) on sallows 11.30 - 13.00, 10/04/15 - two large, lively and obvious queens, one female more worker sized and fairly inactive.

Excreting pollen

I was watching an Andrena sp. that apparently started to excrete pollen on a leaf. Can anyone tell me what was happening please - thanks.

Anthophora plumipes

Good morning.

Several of my client have these coming down the chimney. What is their lifecycle?

Thanks in advance.

Hoplitis claviventris - adding wood dust to her nest plug in bee hotel

I put bee hotels up in my garden for the first time in spring 2014 & had an enthusiastic response from a number of small bees Ian Beavis kindly identified as Hoplitis claviventris. I was photographing one of the females as she was sealing her nest, and followed her as darted in and out of adjacent empty tubes collecting what I think was wood dust and placing it in the middle of her masticated leaf seal.

Artificial early emergence of Andrena scotica

I got a call from one of my friends at Edinburgh Zoo last December to say that a swarm of bees had emerged in their new meerkat enclosure and could I come and take a look.

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