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Colletes hederae arrives in North Wales

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.
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Ian Cheesborough and Pete Boardman at Little Orme
BWARS member Ian Cheeseborough and Pete Boardman at the site of the recently discovered nest aggregation of Colletes hederae on the Little Orme.

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.

South West Bees Survey Report for 2014 published by Buglife

Buglife have produced a report detailing the results of a survey for seven bee species in south west England.

The report presents the findings of the project’s first ground-truthing surveys from May to August 2014. The objectives of these surveys were:

  • To confirm the presence of target species on sites with historic records -
  • To evaluate habitat suitability on surveyed sites -
  • To add to information on the autecology of target species


59 New species accounts added to the website

Species accounts for a further 59 species have been added to this website. These are the accounts published in Part 8 of the Provisional atlas of aculeate Hymenoptera of Britain and Ireland.


Species added are listed on the right.


Links to all the species accounts are here:


Anteon fulviventre

Anteon jurineanum

Anteon pubicorne

Lasius flavus

Myrmica karavajevi

Myrmica specioides

Stenamma debile

Stenamma westwoodii

Priocnemis agilis

Priocnemis cordivalvata

Priocnemis exaltata

Priocnemis fennica

Trypoxylon attenuatum

Trypoxylon clavicerum

Trypoxylon figulus

Trypoxylon medium

Trypoxylon minus

Crossocerus palmipes

Pemphredon lugubris

Pemphredon austriaca

Pemphredon inornata

Pemphredon lethifer

Pemphredon morio

Hylaeus communis

Hylaeus signatus

Andrena helvola

Andrena synadelpha

Andrena varians

Andrena trimmerana

Andrena ruficrus

Andrena nigriceps

Andrena bimaculata

Andrena nigrospina

Andrena pilipes

Andrena fulvago

Andrena humilis

Andrena niveata

Andrena ovatula

Andrena similis

Andrena wilkella

Lasioglossum parvulum

Lasioglossum punctatissimum

Sphecodes pellucidus

Sphecodes puncticeps

Dufourea halictula

Dufourea minuta

Megachile centuncularis

Megachile ligniseca

Megachile versicolor

Megachile willughbiella

Coelioxys elongata

Coelioxys inermis

Coelioxys mandibularis

Coelioxys rufescens

Nomada fulvicornis

Nomada integra

Nomada marshamella

Nomada panzeri

Nomada striata


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