|This bee was identified
as such from its antennae.
A male Osmia rufa.
|A female Andrena
ID by Stuart Robertson the BWARS Yahoo Group
This small bee was spotted at the extreme southern end of the Coastal Link Cyclepath.
is an Andrena
Suggested ID by Stuart RobertsCommon Andrena web page
Robin's Pin Cushion created by groups of larvae of the Gall Wasp, Diplolepis rosae, was seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill where it is a regular occurrence.
This small bee was discovered on a Dandelion in a clearing of the linear spinney on the south side of the Slonk Hill Cutting. This could be a Nomada species.
A male Nomada goodeniana.
ID by Stuart Roberts
I did not note where this Andrena sp. (ID ??) bee was seen, but it was almost certainly in or near the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
was probably Andrena
A Queen of the Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris, crawled over an Alexander flower on the route to the Buckingham Cutting at the top of The Drive, Shoreham.
I was surprised by my first Honey Bee of the year on the southern bank of the Mill Hill Cutting at the western end. It looked big enough to be a Queen.
Honey Bees on Wikipedia
16 September 2007
This is one of the common species of solitary bees, probably Andrena sp. This was seen on the south side of the Slonk Hill Cutting, but they could be found almost anywhere on the wasteland on the outskirts of Shoreham.
PS. This could be a wasp?
A solitary wasp in the genus Ectemnius visited my south Lancing garden at TQ 186 044.
Three Red Mason Bees, Osmia rufa, visited my garden in residential Shoreham. They seemed to be attracted to the Garden Privet.
There was a lot of buzzing in my front garden in residential Shoreham, with my first female Spring (Hairy-footed) Flower Bee of the year that visited the flowering Rosemary and exceeded the buzzing of the queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee which buzzed around elsewhere.
This Andrena bee (? ID) was seen on an Alexander on the southern part of Mill Hill.
|This is the pencil sized hole in the earth bank that the mining bee entered. The vertical earth patches may have been created by Rabbits attempting to burrow or by uprooted Privet, or by erosion by other natural forces.|
Several Ichneumon Wasps were seen on the Ivy in the in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, It was a very small species and it was difficult to photograph. It, or similar species" and widespread and frequently seen.
There are dozens of very similar species.
From Chinery I think it could be Pimpla instigator but it has not been confirmed.
|Common Wasp Queen|
A Leaf Cutter Bee, Megachile sp. was seen on the south part of Slonk Hill in tall vegetation next to the path.
The first one, a sawfly, was spotted, probably on Cow Parsley on south side of the Buckingham Cutting.
The second sawfly was seen on Yarrow on the top meadows of Mill Hill.
They may be the same species. Tenthredo arcuata is my suggestion. If it is this species, the adult preys on small flies.
A species of wasp was discovered near the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
This hoverfly can be recognised in flight by the the yellow stripes on the side of its thorax. It hovered in mid-air frequently.
(ID to species not confirmed)
Hovering was spasmodic and not distinctive, with more flitting about than hovering.
and a wasp are shown next to each other to contrast or compare their appearances.
The wasp looks like one of the Digger Wasps illustrated on Chinery "British Insects" on page 237.
The species has been frequently seen before.
Tenthredo arcuata agg.
This is a Tenthredo of the arcuata/acerrima/schaefferi group. It is female, which means that it can be identified, but only by examination of the saw.
The wasp mimic is a hoverfly, a species of Chrysotoxum in the dense meadows north-west of the upper car park on Mill Hill.
A Spring (Hairy-footed) Flower Bee with a long tongue buzzed around the flowering Rosemary in my front garden.
Red Mason Bee
Leaf Cutter Bee
The two bees photographed above (on the right) were seen in a north Shoreham garden. I think the first one is a Red Mason Bee, Osmia rufa, and the second one is a Leaf Cutter Bee, Megachile sp. The orange bee was a keen visitor to Bluebells.
A Hornet, Vespa crabo, (illustrated above) visited my garden pond in south Lancing for a drink. This large wasp is uncommon and probably unwelcome. It has a reputation to possess a powerful sting.
2 May 2006
1 May 2006
This attractive bee seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill was the first time the Tawny Mining Bee, Andrena fulva, has been recorded on these Nature Notes pages. It is a female. The species is recorded as common and widespread.
Report and Photograph by Ray Hamblett (Lancing Nature)
on the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (Yahoo Group)
This looks like a tiny bee on a Daisy. There were probably at least two more on a Dandelion in the middle Triangle area of Mill Hill.
Could it be a Lasioglossum
The first Honey Bee recorded this year was photographed on the Lancing Ring Nature Reserve.
This very small flying insect did not hover or buzz and looked like a miniature bee ?
This was probably a species of Lasioglossum, most likely Lasioglossum calceatum.
ID to genus confirmed and to species suggested
by Philippe Moniotte on the British Insects (Yahoo Group)
The social wasp (Vespidae) is a worker Dolichovespula sylvestris, a common social species which is often found at this time of year. This one was discovered in the Hawthorn wood/scrub in the north-west of Mill Hill.
Identification and comments by George Else on the on the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society Yahoo Group
continuus visited the rotting
log by the pond in my south Lancing garden at TQ
There were at least five of the kleptoparastic (cuckoo) bees Nomada fucata in two minutes but only one of its victim the mining bee Andrena flavipes seen amongst the Elm leaves in the centre of New Monks Farm.
New Monks Farm Insects
first one is a Nomada kleptoparastic
The photograph on the far right is an Andrena Mining Bee.
bee in the first two pictures is Nomada
fucata, a parasite of the mining bee
flavipes (and only parasitic on this
the photograph on the right which was discovered within a metre of the
first bee. (TQ
188 049) Nomada
fucata is now widely recorded from southern
The Nomada bee was first spotted by Ray Hamblett.
method of kleptoparasiticism is that the parasitic Nomada
lay their eggs into the nest cells of their Andrena
Brief Extra Information
An Andrena bee was noted on a Dandelion in the copse at the top of Mill Hill. This a common genus of bees seen in many wild locations at this time of the year.
The Spring (Hairy-footed) Flower Bee* with a long tongue and a loud buzzing sound in a Shoreham garden, was misidentified as a bee-fly at first. It was not a fly at all, but a solitary bee called Anthophora plumipes. It is a female (they are black) and the males are brown. The straightforward conclusion is the intruder with which it appeared to be fighting was the male of the same species and they were mating.
There was what looked like an Andrena Mining Bee (illustrated below), probably Andrena flavipes, on yellow flowers of Oil Seed Rape on the south-facing A27 road embankment north of the Dovecote Estate, Shoreham. In the first picture (below), there are Pollen Beetles, Meligethes and a Black Ant of an unknown genus.
Andrena emergence in Shrewsbury (photographs)
This insect photographed above on a Dandelion at the top of The Drive, Shoreham looks familiar, but it does not seem to have been photographed before.
Note the slender "waist" though. It was not seen hovering. This is a Mining Bee? Andrena ?
not a hoverfly, it has two pairs of wings. I printed off a copy and used
a magnifying glass, looked at the wing venation [using
Willmer] 3 SM cells; BV straight; D1 rhomboid;
SM2 < SM3; hairy, brownish; the rest difficult to see but heading for
sp. However, look at the abdominal
segment nearest the "waist" - I don't have a completely sharp pic - but
I think I can
see something protruding from between the segments at the left hand side? What do you think? Considering that the lethargic bee I found on a dandelion flower [mine was identified by Stuart Roberts as Andrena chrysosceles] was parasitised by 3 x female Stylops, it looks v. similar to your bee.
There are over 200 species of solitary bees found in Britain and, like the social bees (the bumblebees and the honey bee), they all feed on pollen and nectar and they are important pollinators of many garden flowers and commercial crops. Solitary bees have no 'workers' and each female builds only a small nest, which she stocks with a large quantity of pollen - enough to provide all the food needed by her future offspring. After laying her eggs, the female bee seals and abandons the nest and soon dies, leaving her offspring to develop on their own.
Order Hymenoptera - Sawflies, Wasps, Ants & Bees
are two insects in this picture from Mill
identified the top one as possibly a Digger
rybyensis, which has attacked the small bee which it will paralyse
and then kidnap.
A Leaf Cutter Bee
Grasshoppers & Crickets
Damselflies & Dragonflies
Bee-killer Wasps (David Element)