Feeding on Golden Rod (Solidago) (added 24Sep2013)
I wondered about Ivy Bee given the time of year and the impression of these bees being very "fresh" - but are they known to visit flowers other than Ivy?
There is an active colony of Ivy Bees about 3km away and a potential site (an old sand/ gravel pit) about 1.5km away.
Thanks for the help folks
Alan Brampton (Benson)
I agree it looks more like Ivy Bee, but the fact it wasn't on Ivy put me off! BWARS says of Ivy Bee that "it forages almost exclusively at flowers of Ivy", so I guess this observation confirms the "almost".
Do you know what the flowers are Alan? It would be good to get a photo of them and add them to iSpot so you can record the link between the two species.
Entomologist and biological recorder
Thanks for the response Nartin - I thought I had added to the observation that they were feeding on Solidago (Golden Rod) - but I am not up to a more specfic ID. I will try to get a photo later this week. Interestingly there was Ivy in flower very close by - and this was being visited by a large number of wasps (preumed Common), hoverfies (Myathropa florea mainly) and other diptera - but not the same bees as I found on the Golden Rod only a few metres away.
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