Return of the Ivy Bee

Two years ago I reported on my first ever ivy bees (Colletes hederae), seen on Beech Lane in Earley, Reading. At the time I lived about 10 minutes walk from where I saw them. I’m delighted to say that the species has followed me to Ruscombe, and is now on the wing in good numbers on flowering ivy patches near here. It’s the last solitary bee species on the emergence calendar, and can fly into November: well worth tracking down and apparently becoming increasingly easy to find as it spreads north. This weekends bees were too speedy for pictures, so you’ll have to make do with these stills and video from 2013. Or even better get out there, find the real thing and send in the records!

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Ivy Bee from Chris Foster on Vimeo.

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