I'm a undergraduate studying Wildlife Biology, and I'm currently looking for opportunities to do a 9 month + placement next academic year.
I am interested in insect ecology.
I was wondering whether any one knew of any opportunities suitable for me to get involved in.
I'm based in Manchester.
Any information would be very helpful.
I can provide more information and a CV is needed.
A superbly illustrated key to the Chrysididae of the Nordic and Baltic countries (in English) is available as a free download. It should provide a very useful aid to identifying wasps in the family Chrysididae. The key includes all the British mainland species apart from Chrysis rutiliventris* . It can be downloaded here
* C. vanlithi - treated as a subspecies of C. rutiliventris by some authors - is included in the key.
At least 2 Buff-tailed Bumble Bees, Bombus terrestris - (workers) seen in my garden today 3rd December, foraging on a blooming heather. - Not a cold day but no sun. postcode BR4 0HW (SE London-Kent) - Id confirmed from my photos by Josh Nelson on Facebook.
In the British Isles this large bee is restricted to the Channel Islands where it has long been known from Guernsey, Jersey and Sark. There it is apparently very local and rarely common.
The species has a Western Palaearctic distribution, ranging from the Netherlands to Iberia, east to Greece, Turkey, Iraq and Iran; it also occurs in North Africa (Morocco) (Ebmer, 1988; Ascher & Pickering, 2012).
Status (in Britain only):
The Channel Islands are, for a number of reasons, excluded from the geographical coverage of the British Red Data book (Shirt, 1987) and the subsequent review (Falk, 1991).
This Honey Bee-sized Halictus is easily distinguished by the ring-like bands on the tergites. These comprise an anterior and posterior buff band on tergites 2-4 of the females and just a whitish posterior band on segments 2-6 of the very elongate males. The male hind tibiae is almost entirely yellow without the dark marks of species like H. eurygnathus or H. quadricinctus.
The bee is widely distributed in Guernsey where it is generally confined to sandy soils supporting thistles (the late C David, pers. comm.).
Few dates are available for the Channel Islands. A female was collected there in mid-June and males in late July and mid-September.
Widely polylectic, foraging from flowers in the families Convolvulaceae, Dipsacaceae and Asteraceae (Westrich, 1989).
In the Channel Islands, C David (pers. comm.) found nests in sandy situations, sometimes at the back of a beach and usually in flat soil. In mainland Europe, in favourable conditions, it nests in large aggregations. This is a eusocial species, over-wintered reproductive females rearing more than one generation in a season, with a distinct worker caste. Unusually, several gynes generally establish a nest instead of one individual working alone. Only one of these females develops ovaries and lays eggs; the others act as workers. Eventually the egg-layer drives the workers away before the brood of new bees is reared. These outcasts are then capable of nesting independently or usurp unguarded nests of their own species or those of other halictine bees (Knerer & Plateaux-Quénu, 1967).
Hogweed, wild carrot, a burdock, spear thistle, common knapweed, cat’s-ear and a hawk’s-beard.
I live in Austria where we are currently approaching winter with temperatures around 5C currently. 2 days ago I found what I identified as a Blue Carpenter Bee, which I understand from my research is an endangered species in Europe. See attached photo.
I found it on our lawn hardly moving, but suspecting that it may only be cold not dying, I brought it inside to warm up. It is definitely alive but I think it was trying to find a hiberation spot.
How can I keep it alive and help it hibernate?
My internet research has not produced any help on this topic.
The NBN are running a short project seeking to classify recorder motivations, and understand what support different recorders prefer. They're using both questionnaires and interviews, and need as wide a range of responses as possible to cover the diversity of circumstances and perspectives. If you collect data from the environment and would like to be included, further details are here:
This year (working on the Plan Bee project for Lancs Wildlife Trust) I found - surprisingly - Andrena tarsata on a fairly isolated / degraded site containing a good number of Tormentil cushions (Potentilla erecta) in Skelmersdale.
Skelmersdale is a new town (1961) though has a relatively large resource of informal public open space / road infrastructure (mostly farm / forest remnants) though acid grassland - and Tormentil more so - is scarce in lowland Lancs as a whole.
A significant leap north west for Colletes hederae is apparent, with the discovery of a well established population around Llandudno in North Wales, on 8 October. A large nest aggregation was found on Little Orme as well as individuals at ivy and nesting in a roadside verge in nearby Llandudno. The latest map includes these new records. Latest Map
BWARS member Ian Cheeseborough and Pete Boardman at the site of the recently discovered nest aggregation of Colletes hederae on the Little Orme.
We recently received a message from a member of the public stating:
"For your info we came across a beautiful specimen of a paper wasp today in dalgety bay. We had old book which said they were not found in UK but obviously not anymore"
They do not have a photograph nor the specimen. Forgive my ignorance - I'm aware that at least the common wasp builds their nest out of a type of paper, but is the individual referring to a different, specific type of wasp?