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 



2018 BWARS Members Weekend & AGM

Saturday and Sunday 15 & 16 September 2018

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Secretary: Catherine M. Jones (

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 ( 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 ( to confirm that you will be joining us.

Sunday 16th 9.30 – 15.30



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


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)


11.30   Tea/Coffee break


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.


Bare soil

In the book "bees of Surrey" it is suggested to have some bare soil in the garden for solitary bees to nest.

How can we do this without disturbing the soil so much that they cannot settle?



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