Solitary Bee, Lasioglossum xanthopum, visited the flowers of
the Musk Thistles on
the cleared patch on the lower slopes of Mill
on a Musk Thistle
This small bee was spotted at the extreme southern end of the Coastal Link Cyclepath.
is an Andrena
Suggested ID by Stuart RobertsCommon Andrena web page
Three Red Mason Bees visited my garden in residential Shoreham.
There was a lot of buzzing in my front garden in residential Shoreham, with my first female Spring (Hairy-footed) Flower Bee of the year that visited the flowering Rosemany and exceeded the buzzing of the queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee which buzzed around elsewhere. The black tongue could be seen clearly on the Spring (Hairy-footed) Flower Bee.
This Andrena bee was seen on an Alexander on the southern part of Mill Hill.
|This is the pencil sized hole in the earth bank that the mining bee entered. The vertical earth patches may have been created by Rabbits attempting to burrow or by uprooted Privet, or by erosion by other natural forces.|
This is surely a species of the mining bee of the Andrena genus, of solitary bees that often live together.
To be precise it is a female Andrena dorsata. This is a common species which has both a spring and summer generation. Note the extremely short hair fringe on the dorsal margin of the hind tibia. This character plus the almost fully enclosed propodeal floccus (pouch) are diagnostic for the female of this species.
26 April 2006
This looks like a tiny bee on a Daisy. There were probably at least two more on a Dandelion in the middle Triangle area of Mill Hill.
Could it be Lasioglossum calceatum.
This was probably a male of the species of Lasioglossum, most likely Lasioglossum calceatum.
This is a common eusocial
species, polylectic (pollen generalists) and ground nesting.
The Spring (Hairy-footed) Flower Bee* with a long tonque and a loud buzzing sound in a Shoreham garden, was misidentified as a bee-fly at first. It was not a fly at all, but a solitary bee called Anthophora plumipes. It is a female (they are black) and the males are brown.
The straightforward conclusion is the intruder with which it appeared to be fighting was the male of the same species and they were mating.
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A Yellow-footed Solitary Bee, Lasioglossum xanthopum, about to take flight from a Hardhead on the middle slopes of Mill Hill, just above the lower slopes.
A Yellow-footed Solitary Bee*, Lasioglossum xanthopum, visited a Stemless Thistle, one of very few plants remaining in flower.
(* ID not confirmed, but likely). This was a large Lasioglossum.
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After heavy rain yesterday, the Lasioglossum solitary bee was still attracted to the Devil's Bit Scabious on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. (TQ 209 074) I declined to collect this specimen for examination as there seemed to be only one.
the absence of identification to species level, I have christened this
one as the Zebra Lasioglossum
the scientific species name will have to wait until I can find a book with
the identification features. It is was a reasonably obliging insect which
could be examined moving around under a magnifying glass. From the side
view I noticed the black abdomen underneath the black and white stripes.
Alas, the camera was not functioning very well and the images were not
as a good as I would have liked. Clicking
on the images will enlarge them.
There are 31 species of Lasioglossum found in Britain, although some of these are rare and only found in a few locations.
The solitary bee is Lasioglossum xanthopum - the largest British species of the genus, with males that peak much later than any other species (typically late September/early October - we are still trying to work out how it mates as you rarely see females at this time of year). It is a rather calcicolous species and frequent on the Sussex downs, though I have never surveyed these late enough to see males. It is graded Nationally Scarce at the moment. It can be confused for the similar Halictus rubicundus (slightly smaller with abdominal dust spots at the apices of the tergites as opposed to the bases like your photo).
consensus on the British
Insects (Yahoo Group) is that this small bee is a species of Lasioglossum,
not a Colletes, but the species is unlikely to be identified by
a photograph (I did not think it was anything special when I photographed
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