Adur Bees  & Wasps                     2009 - 2012


16 April 2012 
Small bee on Mill Hill.

Nomada fucata ?

17 April 2011
Small bee on Mill Hill.

Lasioglossum calceatum ?

12 April 2011

Andrena species ? on the Pixie Path (south-north section)

Andrena cineraria ?

3 November 2010
Three medium-sized Yellow-footed Solitary Bees, Lasioglossum xanthopus, visited the flowers of the Musk Thistles on a cleared patch on the lower slopes of Mill Hill above the path.
Adur Solitary Bees
1 August 2010
A worker Tree Wasp, Dolichovespula media, on the Buckingham Cutting area (north of Buckingham Park).

PS: this ID could very well be wrong. It could be the Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris or Vespula germanica


A terrier dog barking attracted my attention to the Wasps Nest high in a tree at the top of Buckingham Park, Shoreham. It is the papery nest of the Tree Wasp, Dolichovespula media

It is a dark brown and yellow wasp, intermediate in size between the Common Wasp and German Wasp and the Hornet. It is a recent colonist of Britain, having spread across England since the mid 1980s.

The highly active workers need mainly only carbohydrates. So the adults collect nectar from flowers. For the queen and to feed their young larvae, they hunt many kind of insects like flies and other wasps.

2 July 2010
Unidentified Parasitic Wasp (not a sawfly ?)

21 June 2009
On a breezy mostly overcast day the most interesting observation were twenty or more small bees on the flower heads of the Musk Thistle on the side of the path as it runs past the Reservoir on the southern part of Mill Hill.


Perhaps a Megachile sp.
Musk Thistle
21 May 2009
This small bee is a male Nomada species seen on a Dandelion on the Coastal Link Cyclepath

Probably (but not certainly) Nomada flava

ID by Stuart Roberts
on Flickr
Wild Bees of Europe
17 May 2009
This bee was identified as such from its antennae.

A male Osmia rufa.

ID by Stuart Roberts
on the official forum of the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS)
A female Andrena cf. carantonica
ID by Stuart Roberts
on the BWARS Yahoo Group
Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS)
22 April 2009
Three kleptoparastic (cuckoo) bees Nomada fucata were spotted in the morning, the first skulking amongst the Alexanders at the top of Buckingham Park, the second in the Mill Hill Cutting (south west) and the third on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
Nomada fucata Information
14 April 2009
This small bee was spotted at the extreme southern end of the Coastal Link Cyclepath.

It is an Andrena species.
It looks like Andrena carantonica

Suggested ID by Stuart Roberts

Common Andrena web page

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