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Nigel Jones
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What's flying?

There are reports of Anthophora plumipes from Salisbury and yesterday I heard of Andrena clarkella and A. bicolor in Staffordshire. Is spring at long last about to move into gear? What have others seen?

Maggie Frankum (not verified)
first bumble

Hi Nigel,
At last! Yesterday [2.4.2013], I saw my first B. terrestris queen of the year, basking in the sun near the compost heap-although the wind chill factor kept the general temperature low.
No Anthophora plumipes yet - this matches the start of the flight period in 1996, when the first male & female were seen in week starting 3rd April.
'bye for now,
Maggie

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More bees flying today

Hurrah! Just been out in rural Shropshire with Ian Cheeseborough, and in the very most sheltered spots (out of a vicious cold wind) under bright skies we managed to see a single male Andrena apicata, a couple of male A clarkella, several male and a single female A. bicolor and two female Anthophora plumipes. An unidentified Bombus flew by. So there are signs of life, but one needs to search very dilligently.

 

 

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Andrena haemorrha, Anthophora plumipes, Bombus species

Hallo Nigel
On Sunday morning 31 March there was a small nesting aggregation of Andrena haemorrhoa on a small sandy bank at Steep (SU52) near Petersfield. The bank was in bright sunshine. There were about 4 females and about 15 males.
On Tuesday 2 April there was one male Anthophora plumipes flying round Lonicera fragrantissima at Yateley (SU86), North East Hants. Spring emerging queen Bombus terrestris have been around in very small numbers since the brief milder spell (March 4 to 6). Yesterday there was 1 queen B.terrestris on winter heather and 1 on Lonicera. There have been a very few B.jonellus also around since 4 March. On Monday 1 April there was 1 queen B.jonellus nectaring on Lonicera several times in the afternoon. The first queen Bombus hypnorum was seen nectaring on crocus on 5 March. The second was seen Friday 29 March.
Steve Farmer
20:50 Wednesday 3 April 2013
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Nigel Jones
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spring

Sounds like it's been a bit warmer in Hants than here in Shropshire. By all accounts it will warm up next week, so I anticipate many new species emerging froim their slumbers.

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Had anthrophora males out in South cornwall for at least 10 days, with breaks on the cold cloudy days, yesterday 3/4/13 got out of the wind saw andrena apicata male, prob and bicolor one lassioglossum (prob calc. and thought I saw a nomada fly past. Not much willow out yet only bits and bobs of gorse.

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What's flying

Really slow start here in Salisbury. Had A. plumipes for about a week now (certainly not every day) - males only though.

 

Interested to hear that Steve has a nesting aggregation of A. haemorrhoa in his area - This must be a very unusual occurrence as A. haemorrhoa generally nests solitarily. My local A. flavipes and A. cineraria aggregations are still inactive. Will update when anything appears.

 

Please can anyone who finds A. plumipes submit records online iif at all possible?

 

Stuart 

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Anthophora

A. plumipes male - only one seen though - in my garden today. Still no Bombus stirring! Mind you precious little Salix or Prunus is in flower, so any emerging bees would go hungry in the countryside, where flowering garden plants are sparse.

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What's Flying - Warwickshire

Here in Warwickshire, the "solitaries" I have seen so far:

Andrena clarkella - 04/04/13 (males and females emerging at Branson Marsh WLT reserve);
Anthophora plumipes - 13/04/13 (a few males emerging from nests in my house wall);
Andrena chrysosceles - 14/04/13 (several females at local churchyard);
Andrena flavipes - 15/04/13 (hundreds of males and few females emerging at large nesting site, Cubbington Church);
Lasioglossum (morio-type) - single individual on a daisy flower.

Suddenly gone mad in the last couple of days!

Ed ...

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spring underway

Yes, with a few warm days it's all go now. Bombus terrestris, pratorum, hypnorum all putting in an appearance plus Andrena minutula, bicolor and associated Bombylius in the garden. Haven't been able to get out in the field though - stuck in the garden laying a patio :(

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Spring in Hampshire

Spring has sprung - reluctantly. Bumblebees have emerged - tentatively. For the record:-
NE Hants, E.Berks (SU86, SU96).
B.terrestris. A few queens since 17 Feb. A small number of workers now foraging (4 on winter heathers on 14 April and 1 on gorse today, 19 April).
B.jonellus. A few queens since 4 Mar. One collecting pollen on 4 Mar.
B.hypnorum. First 5 Mar, second 29 Mar. Main emergence from 11 April. Pollen collecting from 18 April.
B.lucorum. First 12 April, several 14 April.
B.pratorum. First 13 April, now several.
B.hortorum. First 14 April, several today, 19 April.
B.pascuorum. First 16 April, now several.
B.lapidarius. First today, 19 April.
Also 2 common social wasps, Vespula vulgaris. 15,16 April.
Steve Farmer
21:45 Friday 19 April 2013
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