Added: 7th October 2013 Description:
Confidence: It might be this. Notes: Bees had slightly orange/yellow stripes and were about the size of a small garden honey bee. There were about 30-40 in both locations and they seemed to be testing out the tiny holes in the ground. Were they looking for winter quarters? There didn't seem to be any aggression as they appeared to be happily milling around each other, but if a burrow was occupied then the investigator backed out again (then the occupant came out). The holes were all in a sunny, warm spot in two blocks, one in a hedged area, the other on open cliff top.
Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be. Notes: The bees are nesting at these sites but the adults will not survive the winter, they will all be dead withinga few more weeks leaving their larvae in the burrows.
No interactions present.
Other observations of Ivy Bee ( Colletes (Colletes) hederae) Species with which
Ivy Bee ( interacts Colletes (Colletes) hederae)