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A Beginners' Guide to Solitary Bees & Wasps (WTW/SWT)

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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Sunday 10 July 2016

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Sun, 10/07/2016

Beginners Workshop 28 November - Cardiff

As usual there has been a steady stream of requests for identifications of aculeates, often from photographs. Helping new people to understand how to name the insects in this group, what to look for, whether the insect even is an aculeate, is an important part of the support BWARS offers. Much of this support is through the workshops held at various venues around the country.

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28 November 2015

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Sat, 28/11/2015

Beginners Workshop 28 November - Cardiff

As usual there has been a steady stream of requests for identifications of aculeates, often from photographs. Helping new people to understand how to name the insects in this group, what to look for, whether the insect even is an aculeate, is an important part of the support BWARS offers. Much of this support is through the workshops held at various venues around the country.

Philately

The Royal Mail is issuing a set of stamps on 18 August to celebrate British Bees. The species illustrated by Richard Lewington are: Andrena hattorfiana, Bombus monticola, Bombus distinguendus, Colletes floralis, Osmia xanthomelana and Anthophora retusa

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18 August 2015

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Tue, 18/08/2015

Book Launch

Publication date of Steven Falk's eagerly awaited Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland (Illustrated by the acclaimed artist Richard Lewington)

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5 November 2015

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Thu, 05/11/2015

Pompilid Auplopus carbonarius with Spider

The attached photos are of the spider hunter wasp Auplopus carbonarius, kindly identified from the attached photos by Michael Edwards - the fringe of long hairs around its lower “cheek” area under the head are apparently characteristic (I'm not a wasp specialist). The wasp was about 8 mm in length scurrying with its package across my patio, presumably looking for somewhere to stash the spider and lay an egg either in it or on it. I have not seen this before and followed it, on my hands and knees, for about 10 minutes before I was able to get the shots.

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