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Mining Bee

Observed: 10th March 2010 By: dannyatbdannyatb’s reputation in Invertebratesdannyatb’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Hundreds of these bees were found along a coastal path in Essex, which were nesting in the ground.
Can anyone help to identify the species?

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Colletes sp.
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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Species interactions

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Comments

dannyatb's picture

Info

There was saltmarsh there yes, alongside the bees next to the path was sea purselane, which is visible in one of the photos.

I found them on 10th March 2010.

Refugee's picture

Good year for them

I found one that was just as tame.
Not the same as the one you found though.
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/27621
It looks even more cute and cuddly though.

Refugee

dannyatb's picture

Cute Bee

That is definitely a very cute bee :)

Hopefully I'll find one of them one day so it can go on my hand too :)

Danny

eucera's picture

Date??

March?? really? It would be absolutely astonishing if any Colletes were about in March. August would be most likely for this, which I suspect is Colletes halophilus. Sea Aster (Aster tripolium) is the key pollen forage resource of C. halophilus.... but this flowers in the late summer

Stuart
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Date

Well by my camera date it said March, so the date may have been wrong on my camera at the time. I shall have to see if I wrote about it in my 2010 diary to confirm the date.

Sorry for probably making a mistake with the date. I know my camera date is set right at the moment, so any future photos will have the correct date attached to them.

My sister did a study of the plants their at the saltmarsh, so I will ask her if any sea aster was present.

Thank You

Danny

Refugee's picture

The plant in the photo

I can see flowers that have passed there best in the third image. If we can ID that plant we will have a better idea of the time of year.

Refugee

eucera's picture

Halimione portulacoides

The plant is Sea Purslane (Halimione portulacoides) and in northern temperate climates it flowers from July to September (pers. obs and Wikipedia!)

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
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New date estimate

We can now estimate the observation date to August.
That is about right for the flying time of the Bee.

Refugee