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Bee mapping project

The Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS) has launched a new mapping project for three widespread species of solitary bee: the Ashy Mining-bee (Andrena cinerarius), Tawny Mining-bee (Andrena fulva) and the Hairy-footed Flower-bee (Anthophora plumipes).

Hairy-footed Flower-bee is the one that flies very fast and hovers to feed at flowers, and it will be out any day now if the sun appears.

For details and information on their identification see the links here:

If you think you've seen one of these species but want to get its identification confirmed, see if you can get a photo and add it to iSpot (observations on iSpot get forwarded to BWARS).

If you're sure of your identification and just want to report the record, then you can add it direct to BWARS via the above link.



darob57's picture

Solitary bees

Thanks for the information.

I have sent in records of the two Andrena species to BWARS, both having been verified on iSpot.

Not knowingly seen the Hairy-footed Flower-bee, although there is lungwort in the garden which I believe they like to visit.



scarpermac's picture

Hairy-footed Flower-bee

Now that's intersting I had convinced myself that I have had several of these visiting Solomon's Seal (which also routinely has the Solomon's Seal Sawfly visiting and devouring)
but due the very rapid flight have found it nigh on impossible to take a photo - I have set myself a task to do this and if I can then report these to BWARS that is an added bonus!
iSpot is a source of much useful info! Thank You


Feel free to look at my ongoing (hopefully improving) collection of pictures on Flickr:

darob57's picture

Lungwort and others

Lungwort is a particular favourite of theirs. If there's a photo of one, it's often on this plant.

They will feed on Solomon's Seal as well as Comfrey, White Dead-nettle, Red Dead-nettle and other spring plants.

Good luck with getting a photo of one!