Ivy Bees spotted on iSpot

Ivy Bees spotted on iSpot - UK and Ireland : Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae) have made their home near Benson, Oxfordshire, for a second consecutive year. They were found nesting in a sand bank in a park by iSpot user ahb, who uploaded the observation to iSpot, where it was identified as the Ivy Bee. Th

Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae) have made their home near Benson, Oxfordshire, for a second consecutive year. They were found nesting in a sand bank in a park by iSpot user ahb, who uploaded the observation to iSpot, where it was identified as the Ivy Bee. This observation is also of interest as it shows the bee at flowers of Goldenrod rather than Ivy – normally they are faithful to Ivy as their main source of nectar and pollen:
http://www.ispotnature.org/node/370661

The bees, thought to have come to the UK from the Italian Alps region, have expanded their range in recent years across much of southern England and South Wales after having first been recorded in the UK in Dorset in 2001. In 2013 they have spread as far as Shropshire and north Norfolk. This expansion in range is likely to be due to climate change, as the bees flourish in warmer weather. There is also a plentiful source of Ivy in the UK for these bees to forage on.

The Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS) are currently running a project to record the spread of the Ivy Bee; you can find out more about the bees and how to identify or submit records of them at: http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=content/colletes-hederae-mapping-project

Other observations of Ivy Bee on iSpot:
http://www.ispotnature.org/species_dictionary/Colletes%20%28Colletes%29%20hederae

Details of the iSpot observations will be passed on to BWARS, but if you have any records of this bee that have not gone in to iSpot nor been sent to BWARS already please do send them in via the BWARS link above.

18 Oct 2013
Martin Harvey