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A male Red Mason Bee at Freshwater Bay.

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Garden Bumblebee.

The Garden Bumblebee.Bombus hortorum is a common bumblebee and I see it at this time of year in my garden.However this particular bee pictured below was discovered in my local copse feeding on Bugle flowers.This species has a very long tongue and  prefers flowers with deep tubes.
Perhaps the best way to distinguish between B. hortorum and other species with similar banding,such as the Heath Bumblebee,is the shape of the face which is distinctly long in the case of  B. hortorum.

Sunday 26 April 2015

Tawny Mining Bee.

Although locally common in southern England and Wales this solitary bee is not a species that we see all that often on the Isle of Wight.This female is certainly a beautiful bee and she landed at my front door this afternoon.This is the first I have seen of this species Andrena fulva and hopefully now that our fruit trees are in full bloom there will be more in the garden.

Saturday 18 April 2015

Lasioglossum at Home.

There are many Lasioglossum species and identification is usually difficult without close examination.Therefore I am unsure of this particular species but the sight of numerous bees coming going at their nest site on a sandy but grassy bank of my local pond was a treat.
Despite being a solitary bee the Lasioglossum excavate their individual nest holes in loose colonies and hence can be known as mining bees or sweat bees. 

Thursday 16 April 2015

A Tiny Piece of Spring Colour.

Spring has definitely arrived now and solitary bees are out in numbers and pollinating all the fresh new blooms.One bee that is unmistakable is the colourful Gold-fringed Mason Bee,Osmia aurulenta.

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Mission Impossible.

Perhaps this Common Carder Bee is being somewhat optimistic is its attempt to get to the nectar on this tulip in my garden.

Monday 13 April 2015

Springtime Hots Up.

With the settled weather we are enjoying here at present, spring has certainly got underway with lots of activity in my garden.Now that many of the spring plants and shrubs are beginning to bloom I have seen quite a few bumblebee species.Solitary bees are appearing regularly around the garden and I was pleased to see several probable male Grey-patched Mining Bees,Andrena nitida, vying for a sunny spot on one of our small trees.The male can be identified from the female by the light coloured hairs on the face which are normally absent in the female.

Saturday 11 April 2015

A Hairy Foot on the Rosemary.

Our flowering Rosemary is proving quite an attraction for various bees now and this afternoon it received a lot of attention from a male Hairy-footed Flower Bee,Anthophora plumipes.
This species of bee is common in the south of England with the male usually appearing before the female in February or March.

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Pondside Pollinator.

This female Grey-patched Mining Bee,Andrena nitida,was seen busily nectaring on the flowers of   marsh marigolds that surround my garden pond.This species is found in southern England from April to June and nests in short to medium length grassland.

Monday 6 April 2015

A Sure Sign of Spring.

At last the spring weather has arrived with a warm and sunny day and the prospect of it continuing for a while yet.
A sure sign of spring was my first sighting of a Hairy-footed Flower Bee,Anthophora plumipes in my garden.The flowers are now bursting into bloom and this species will be seen hovering around the plants taking nectar. Anthophora plumipes should be with us in the south of England until mid June.