Bloody immigrants; coming over here and pollinating our plants…

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Since I read that BWARS is mapping the spread of the migrant Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae, I’ve been hoping to see them in the garden. We have plenty of ivy, which is currently in full flower. Yesterday, in the sunshine, it was covered in insects. Amongst the many hover flies and wasps collecting the late season pollen, there were lots of Ivy Bees. I couldn’t get close enough to get really clear shots, as the ivy flowers were quite high up, but here they are. šŸ™‚

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8 thoughts on “Bloody immigrants; coming over here and pollinating our plants…

    • They certainly are, Faith! They are very stripy, aren’t they. Lots of the solitary/non hive bees do look quite different to honey bees or bumbles. There are a lot of weird looking solitary wasps, too, but the one that’ll sting (common wasps, hornets etc) tend to have a much brighter, more garish yellow than any of our bees.

  1. You did well with the photos. I love Ivy bees and close up they are very cute. Next challenge is to find a nest. They like bare, sandy or chalky soil and do not mind being in the shade or under trees. Amelia

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