10 October 2019
Ivy Bees were seen on the Ivy
a week of inclement weather, there
were no butterflies seen in the breeze
on a brief visit to the lower slopes of Mill
Hill. Occasional Ivy Bees
were seen on the Ivy
amongst the scrub.
20 September 2019
There were scores of Ivy Bees, Colletes hederae, where the soil was exposed on the lower slopes of Mill Hill
There was over a dozen nests and scores of Ivy Bees, Colletes hederae, where the soil was exposed on the west facing (TQ 20960 07373) lower slopes of Mill Hill in the afternoon. Ivy was seen in flower as I returned by the uneventful ridge route in humid conditions.
Ivy Bee National Records 2019
Ichneumon-like Wasp on Mill Hill.
A small predatory flying insect entered minute holes in the soil on the middle slopes of Mill Hill. It was less than 15 mm long and difficult to spot (smaller than a Marmalade Fly).
Wasp Beetle, Clytus arietis, on an Elm leaf, by the footpath by Frampton's Field, at the top of The Street, Old Shoreham.
A small bee was occasionally seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, small and rather distinctive in yellow and black barring: I think this was a Nomada species, most likely Nomada goodeniana.
this year, there were the colonies of Ivy
Bees using bare earth ramparts on the
lower slopes of Mill Hill.
Small Lasioglossum bees on Burnet Saxifrage
Lower slopes on Mill Hill
|29 August 2018|
bee on Green
Alkanet at Cuckoo's Corner, Coombes Road.
which is named the Common Furrow Bee
ID may be incorrect as the bees are meant to emerge in July.
Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham
identifications are questionable, beware.
30 September 2016
Small bee on Hoary Ragwort on the Downs Link Cyclepath
It could be Lasioglosum calceatum
Stephen Boulton: or Lasioglosum albipes, I don't think they can be separated by photo ID.
1 August 2016
The bee on the left was thought to be an Andrena. Species ID was not possible.
|23 September 2015|
Digger Wasp Ectemnius sp on Hogweed with Hoverflies on Buckingham Cutting (south).
Lasioglossum calceatum, wing venation (curved basal vein) and various characters of the abdomen rule out Andrena
Old Shoreham, by the cyclepath
Mason Bee (probable)
Horseshoe Vetch on Mill Hill
Nearer the northern end of the lower slopes of Mill Hill, and sometimes near the path, there were small cliff edges of exposed soil and these were used by congregations of the Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae.
Small Bee landing on Ragwort
A Digger Wasp Ectemnius sp on Hogweed in the shady wooded bit at Buckingham Cutting (south).
Top of Chanctonbury Drive
The congregations of small solitary bees, the Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae, were again observed. There were over a hundred holes but not so many bees. Their habitat may have been helped to be created by the activities of Rabbits or by human disturbance.
the northern end of the lower slopes of Mill
Hill, and sometimes near the path, there were small cliff edges of
exposed soil and these were used by congregations of the
Ivy Bee, Colletes
small bee was seen on its own on Devil's Bit
Scabious on the northern part of the lower
slopes of Mill Hill. It is a Halictus
ID by bleu.geo
A small bee in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, on a Greater Willowherb flower. The antennae are shorter on this bee than the ones seen earlier in the month.
The small bee skulking around the lower slopes of Mill Hill was thought to be a Nomada kleptoparastic (cuckoo) bee.
Chalk Furrow Bee
Red Mason Bee, Osmia bicornis (= O.rufa), on Green Alkanet
ID by Janet
on the official forum of the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS)
Small bee on Mill Hill, possibly a Lasioglossum
5 July 2012
A Leafcutter Bee carefully selected Rose leaves and then cut them up and carried them away in Ray Hamblett's south Lancing garden. The whole process of cutting took about ten seconds.
Small bee on Mill Hill.
Nomada fucata ?
At Buckingham Cutting
Small bee on Mill Hill.
Lasioglossum calceatum ?
Andrena species ? on the Pixie Path (south-north section)
Andrena cineraria ?
Three medium-sized Yellow-footed Solitary Bees, Lasioglossum xanthopum, visited the flowers of the Musk Thistles on a cleared patch on the lower slopes of Mill Hill above the path.
Adur Solitary Bees
A worker Saxon Wasp, Dolichovespula saxonica, on the Buckingham Cutting area (north of Buckingham Park).
PS: originally identified as the Tree Wasp, Dolichovespula media.
terrier dog barking attracted my attention to the Wasps
in a tree at the top of Buckingham Park, Shoreham. It is the papery
nest of the Tree
It is a dark brown and yellow wasp, intermediate in size between the Common Wasp and German Wasp and the Hornet. It is a recent colonist of Britain, having spread across England since the mid 1980s.
highly active workers need mainly only carbohydrates. So the adults collect
nectar from flowers. For the queen
and to feed their young larvae, they hunt many kind of insects like flies
and other wasps.
Unidentified Parasitic Wasp (not a sawfly ?)
On a breezy mostly overcast day the most interesting observation were twenty or more small bees on the flower heads of the Musk Thistle on the side of the path as it runs past the Reservoir on the southern part of Mill Hill.
This small bee is a male Nomada species seen on a Dandelion on the Coastal Link Cyclepath.
(but not certainly) Nomada flava.
|This bee was identified
as such from its antennae.
A male Osmia bicornis.
|A female Andrena
Now Andrena scotica
This small bee was spotted at the extreme southern end of the Coastal Link Cyclepath.
is an Andrena
Suggested ID by Stuart Roberts
Bees > 2008