Adur Bees  & Wasps        2009 - 2019
Some identifications are questionable, beware.

17 June 2019
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).

Digger Wasp
It must be one of (ten uk species) the smaller Ectemnius Wasps

Or one of the three species of Crabro

6 June 2019

A handul of small long-tailed Ichneumon-like Wasps Gasteruption sp, all skulked over the flowers of the ground-hugging Creeping Cinquefoil.

28 April 2019
Wasp Beetle, Clytus arietis, on an Elm leaf, by the footpath by Frampton's Field, at the top of The Street, Old Shoreham.

23 April 2019
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.

22 April 2019
A small bee on Oxford Ragwort, Widewater flood plain. (illustrated)

Lasioglossum  ??

10 September 2018

Again this year, there were the colonies of Ivy Bees using bare earth ramparts on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.

31 August 2018

Small Lasioglossum bees on Burnet Saxifrage

Lower slopes on Mill Hill

29 August 2018

A predatory sawfly Tenthredo species was spotted in the top meadow of Mill Hill on a cloudy afternoon. 

11 April 2018

Small bee on Green Alkanet at Cuckoo's Corner, Coombes Road. 


21 May 2017
Daisy Bee

Possibly Lasioglosum calceatum

which is named the Common Furrow Bee

PS: ID may be incorrect as the bees are meant to emerge in July. 
 Therefore Lasioglossum albipes  ???

Mill Hill

Lasioglossum List

4 May 2017

Mill Hill

Andrena Mining Bees

12 April 2017
Andrena nitida 
Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham

Andrena Mining Bees

Some 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

                                                                                                   Mill Hill

The bee on the left was thought to be an Andrena. Species ID was not possible.
The small wasp on the right is the predatory species Cerceris rybyensis. Its prey is small bees which it paralyses with its sting. This is is my first record although the wasp looks familiar.
ID of the wasp by Stephen Boulton on Insects of Britain and Northern Europe
 on facebook
23 September 2015

Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae on Mill Hill

13 August 2015
Digger Wasp Ectemnius sp on Hogweed with Hoverflies on Buckingham Cutting (south).

Ectemnius Wasps (BWARS)

27 June 2015

Lasioglossum calceatum, wing venation (curved basal vein) and various characters of the abdomen rule out Andrena

Old Shoreham, by the cyclepath 

1 May 2015

Gold-fringed Mason Bee (probable) 
Osmia aurulenta

Horseshoe Vetch on Mill Hill

not Andrena nigroaenea


16 September 2014
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.
Colletes species

Small Bee landing on Ragwort

8 August 2014
A Digger Wasp Ectemnius sp on Hogweed in the shady wooded bit at Buckingham Cutting (south). 

Crabroninae Wasps
Ectemnius Wasps (BWARS)


16 April 2014
 Nomada fucata
Top of Chanctonbury Drive


6 October 2013

The congregations of small colonial 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.

2 October 2013
Colonial bee holes

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
Colletes species

This 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 sp. male. 
ID by bleu.geo
27 August 2013
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
19 August 2013
The small bee skulking around the lower slopes of Mill Hill was thought to be a Nomada kleptoparastic (cuckoo) bee.
13 August 2013

Chalk Furrow Bee
Lasioglossum  fulvicorne

IDby Josh Nelson
Mill Hill

6 May 2013

Red Mason Bee, Osmia bicornis (= O.rufa), on Green Alkanet

Waterworks Road

ID by Janet
on the official forum of the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS)


4 October 2012

   Small bee on Mill Hill, possibly a Lasioglossum


5 July 2012

Leafcutter Bee

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.

Cutting Process Observation by Ray Hamblett
Leafcutter Bee Facts (Wildlife Trusts)
16 April 2012 
Small bee on Mill Hill.

Nomada fucata ?

4 July 2011
At Buckingham Cutting
17 April 2011
Small bee on Mill Hill.

Lasioglossum calceatum ?

12 April 2011

Andrena species ? on the Pixie Path (south-north section)

Andrena cineraria ?


3 November 2010
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
1 August 2010
A worker Saxon Wasp, Dolichovespula saxonica, on the Buckingham Cutting area (north of Buckingham Park).

PS: originally identified as the Tree Wasp, Dolichovespula media. 

New ID by 

Wasp ID Guide

A terrier dog barking attracted my attention to the Wasps Nest high in a tree at the top of Buckingham Park, Shoreham. It is the papery nest of the Tree Wasp, Dolichovespula media

It is now thought to be the Saxon Wasp, Dolichovespula saxonica.

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.

The 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.

2 July 2010
Unidentified Parasitic Wasp (not a sawfly ?)


21 June 2009
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.


Perhaps a Megachile sp.
Musk Thistle
21 May 2009
This small bee is a male Nomada species seen on a Dandelion on the Coastal Link Cyclepath

Probably (but not certainly) Nomada flava

ID by Stuart Roberts
on Flickr
Wild Bees of Europe
17 May 2009
This bee was identified as such from its antennae.

A male Osmia bicornis.

ID by Stuart Roberts
on the official forum of the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS)
A female Andrena cf. carantonica 
Now Andrena scotica
ID by Stuart Roberts
on the BWARS Yahoo Group
Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS)
22 April 2009
Three kleptoparastic (cuckoo) bees Nomada fucata were spotted in the morning, the first skulking amongst the Alexanders at the top of Buckingham Park, the second in the Mill Hill Cutting (south west) and the third on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
Nomada fucata Information
14 April 2009
This small bee was spotted at the extreme southern end of the Coastal Link Cyclepath.

It is an Andrena species.
It looks like Andrena carantonica

Suggested ID by Stuart Roberts

Common Andrena web page

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