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?
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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.
I found one that was just as tame.
Not the same as the one you found though.
It looks even more cute and cuddly though.
That is definitely a very cute bee :)
Hopefully I'll find one of them one day so it can go on my hand too :)
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
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.
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.
The plant is Sea Purslane (Halimione portulacoides) and in northern temperate climates it flowers from July to September (pers. obs and Wikipedia!)
We can now estimate the observation date to August.
That is about right for the flying time of the Bee.
Lat/Lng: 51.8, 0.8
OS grid ref: TL9925