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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.

 

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Violet carpenter bees, Exeter

Hello, hope everyone has had a good field season

I've been forwarded photos, and just yesterday two specimens, of Violet carpenter bee, from allotments on the edge of Exeter. I'm assuming X violacea. Does anyone know of any other UK records this year?

The allotment holder reported the bee buzzing around her allotment throughout July. The two specimens found yesterday were picked up from her garden nearby. If the record is of general interest I can find out some more details.

Regards

Stephen   

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Solitary bee filmed in slow-mo

Spotted preparing a nest in the frame of my BBQ ( and of course now off limits for cooking) 

the bee is carrying a bright green load .. welcome input as to what it is .. the appearance is of a pupa but the colour suggests leaf cuttings . Multiple visits observed . 

. Apologies but the video file cannot be uploaded so I hope the description works 

Thanks 

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2018 BWARS Members Weekend & AGM

Saturday and Sunday 15 & 16 September 2018

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Secretary: Catherine M. Jones (catherinemjones7@gmail.com)

The BWARS Committee invite all our members to join us at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September for the BWARS member’s weekend including the AGM.

Download a copy of the programme HERE

Saturday 15th – Workshops, 12.00 – 15:30

Please email Catherine Jones (catherinemjones7@gmail.com) to book a place.

12.00 – 13.00 Informal lunch, which may be eaten on the premises

13.00 – 14.15 Introduction to Ants – Richard Becker

14.15 – 14:30 Tea/Coffee break

14.30 – 15:30 ‘Open’ session – museum collection and id help. 

Evening meal – Space in a local pub has been booked for a group drink and meal after the workshops on Saturday evening – if you just want to come for a drink, that is fine.

Please contact Catherine Jones (catherinemjones7@gmail.com) to confirm that you will be joining us.

Sunday 16th 9.30 – 15.30

10:00 BWARS AGM

Agenda

The Chair, Jeremy Early, will take the chair to commence the business of the day.

Apologies

The minutes of the 2017 AGM

These have been circulated in the Spring 2017 Newsletter.

Matters arising from 2017 minutes

Officers’ reports

Chairman – Jeremy Early

Treasurer/Membership Secretary – Dave Budworth

Election of Officers for 2017 (Term of office 4 years)

Election of Ordinary Members (Term of office 3 years)

AOB          

11.30   Tea/Coffee break

Talks/Presentations:

11:45 Bob Brown: Invasive species in New Zealand

12.15 Liam Olds: Spoilt for choice: the aculeate fauna of colliery spoil habitats

12.40-13:30 Lunch

13:30 Gemma Baron: Soft cliffs and landslips, a west Dorset wilderness

13:55 Hayley Herridge: The Urban Buzz project

14:20 Rowan Edwards: Red Listing

14:45 Tom Wood: Perspectives on British bees from the New World

15.10 Close

bees in furniture

I hope someone can help but I have very little information.

A small bee has laid eggs in the holes in my Ikea wooden furniture. I only saw it very briefly so I can't really describe what sort of bee it is but about 12 holes seem to be filled in with something.

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