Ivy Bees

A few days ago we had a message from a near neighbour in Fairlight, asking if we could identify a large number of small bees on a sandy bank in their garden.

We suspected these would be Ivy Bees [Colletes hederae], a bee first noted in Britain 1n 2001 but now widespread, and this they proved to be. Jill took this picture of some of the 200 + bees flying in sunshine on Sept 12, while I was trying to photograph some on Ivy at Winchelsea.

Ivy bees should be quite easy to find on flowering Ivy at the moment, for example in Hastings Country Park NR by East Hill lift or in Barley Lane. The close-up picture was taken at Glyne Gap in 2010.

 

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