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 iRecord or UK Bees, Wasps and Ants Facebook page, for recording your find.




Hi All,

I am aware that there are plenty of records on NBN for many of these, but they are often dated.  What I am after is recent info. where someone knows now where a species can be found.  I have limited time for this (this field season basically) plus, I may well have to make quite long journerys so I would like to be as sure as I can that I will find what I am looking for when I get there.  Your reward, acknowledgement in the book!  I will take only photographs and maybe a few specimens.  However, I am not collecting as such but getting photos for the book.



Wild Bees of Scotland.

This guide uses a combination of size, colour pattern and biological information to provide an identification key of 14 fairly distinctive species of solitary bees known
from Scotland. The key applies to female bees only: their male counterparts are often much harder to identify and are not discussed.  Most of the bees in the key should also be identifiable from good close-up photographs as long as their critical features are visible.


Bees, Wasps & Ants of Kent - 2nd edition

The second edition of the Bees, Wasp and Ants of Kent by Geoff Allen has been published by the Kent Field Club. Priced at £16 including postage and packing (£12 at Field Club events), it has 198 pages in full colour in A4 format, with notes on all species recorded in the county updated from the first edition (2009) plus distribution maps and photographs. Copies may be ordered at


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