There's one female ivy bee in the middle of this ball of males! Colletes hederae, a solitary mining bee, often found on dry sandy heaths. Although a solitary bee they nest in sometimes huge aggregations giving the impression of a large colony. These bees appear late summer, and as the name suggests they feed on ivy flowers, which by no coincidence flower late summer. Mostly found in southern England but moving north. Totally harmless to humans. The pic from Thursley National Nature Reserve manager James Giles shows a mating ball – a female is in there somewhere. #ivybee#summerball#solitarybee#thursleynnr#nnr#nationalnaturereserve#naturalengland#ivy#beepic#beeofinstsagram#picoftheday#instanature
I know this isn't new information to any one but - I love bees 🐝 I was so very excited to see that Miner Bees had made use of one of our bee hotels in the garden. My question is - now what? What do I do? Will they come out? Should they have come out already? So it seems that as much as I love these little guys and try my best to help them flourish, I really don't know what I am doing! Does anybody have any bee tips for me?
The leafcutters that didn’t make it 😞 Last year was an intensive year of learning about solitary bees. Thanks to my bee buddy @englishnorman suggesting I bring them in for protection over winter (like they do in America) this year’s bees are the healthiest I’ve seen. Hatching and on the wing immediately at super fast speeds in comparison to last year’s getting trapped and being sluggish. So, rather naively, I thought that was where I was going wrong and ‘tada’ everything’s fine now as the cocoons aren’t dehydrating. Nope. This year I’ve experienced something I didn’t have the previous year. Diseases en-mass. Though solitary bees can fail in development from egg to larvae to pupae to fluffy bee, these ten, rock hard leaf cutter bees stopped at exactly the same time. Just before their final shed. Their cocoons were hydrated and even if I’d have candled them, all I would have seen was a bee in development. These came from new canes, in a new bee hotel that Spring. They were kept in exactly the same conditions as the other successful hatchlings. With Precious (who’s getting a little slower these days 😞) showing signs of K wing (which I’ve been suspicious about for a while) which is a honey bee virus, and Deformed Wing Virus effecting both honeys and bumblebees, chalkbrood effecting both honeybees and Red Mason bees, can bees suffer from the same viruses and spread them to one another, much like a cold? With some bees hatching this year and last year with very different problems I don’t know if it’s genetics, natural selection or something more sinister going on. As I’m not a scientist any thing I put forward or suggest is obviously not scientific at all. But as these bees were all related and not random I’m going to try and highlight that ‘possibly’ solitary bees suffer from the same sort of problems and try and figure out how to prevent them. @englishnorman and I are busily comparing notes, should anyone else want to join
IVY BEES 🐝 Have wanted to see these little beauties for two years now, and my Autumn lunchtime walk today was a mission to find them. My ambition for getting these buzzies in my garden means I’ll really have to get to work on a bigger space for this type of Ivy. Though some gardeners are not a fan of it, Ivy offers a range of uses for wildlife and this particular type - The English Ivy - Hedera helix - is something I desperately want to get underway now I’ve noticed a little patch in the garden. The Ivy bee thrives on this ivy. So to get these bees in my garden, this Ivy is what I should be working towards. I will be going to see them again tomorrow in a little wild nook I know and trying to watch them for a little longer. So happy to finally meet some 🤗 #ivybee#solitarybee#solitarybees#colleteshederae#ivy#autumnbees#autumn#autumnsunshine#bees #🐝
Scabious bee on a scabious flower. This wasp looking bee can be found in the uk but only in a few places, and like its name suggests its favourite flower is the scabious, a beautiful wild flower ( whos pollen is pink! )