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_______________________________________________________________________ Hymenoptera 30 Ivy Bees

 

 

 

 

 

IVY BEE Colletes hederae (m)

 

 

IVY BEE Colletes hederae (f)

 

 

IVY BEE Colletes hederae (f)

 

 

IVY BEE Colletes hederae (f)

 

 

IVY BEE Colletes hederae (f)

 

 

         The delightful Ivy Bee Colletes hederae is a relatively recent arrival to the UK, having first been reported in 2001. Since then it has become very well-established in southern England and it is now so abundant at some sites that it is extraordinary to consider that the species was first identified as being new to science as recently as 1993 (Falk & Lewington, 2016)! The bee is on the wing late in the year to coincide with the flowering of Ivy Hedera helix and it is well worth looking out for in new locations as this bee has been extending its range very rapidly. The presence of Ivy Bees is an excellent reason to allow Ivy to flower and there are many other insects that will be attracted to this very valuable and vital nectar source as the winter approaches.

 

 

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