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Bees or wasps?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:38

Well my local Wildlife Trust have confirmed that they are Mason Bees which are indeed solitary bees. Most likely collecting mud to add to their nest elsewhere. Im keeping my path building project on hld whilst they are doing their thing.

Thanks for the help everyone.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:54

I'll do some searching on youtube, thanks.

Bagz, do solitary bees live up to their name, and live on their own? Only there were quite a few of them buzzing around the hole in my garden.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:40

Mmmm, it could well be. Thanks.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:17

Thanks, Ive just uploaded some photos and added the required info, but it then lead me to a page asking me to identyfy it myself. It didnt look like any of the suggested pictures.

solitary bees

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 19:07

fidgetbones, Ive been trying to esablish if the bees ive seen in my garden are nesting or not. I hope you are able to enjoy your bees.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:28

Managed to get a few better photos by switching my camera to macro mode. Im convinced they are bees but still not sure if they are honey bees...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps936f4182.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsab8c1dcb.jpg

 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:21

Stunning garden Busy-Lizzie.

Matty2, your garden looks very well kept.

The far end of my garden is half dug up ready for a new path, but Ive halted proceedings due to bees tunnelling in the soil as I dont want to disturb them. The rest of my garden got a bit of new colour recently when the yellow Azalea started flowering...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps3f5dbd0a.jpg

 

This is my neighbours clematis which grows up her fence and then continues to grow wonderfully over my garage..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps955ef13f.jpg

 

A few foxgloves starting to show thier flowers..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps0bfa2b7d.jpg

 

Hardly got any jobs done in the garden today, seeing as the weather was nice I spent most of the day sat on the patio BBQing a joint of lamb...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsc22c4d81.jpg

 

And a view of the garden from the patio, colour provided by aliums growing amongst potted oak trees...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps5e4162d1.jpg

 

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:57

Doing some searching on the internet, some bees do look remarkably like wasps dont they...

http://www.glaucus.org.uk/SolitaryBee.html

There are quite a few of them swarming around the hole in my garden so I guess I can rule out Solitary bees. Its most likely to be one of these I guess..

Honey bee...

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/imagecache/reserve_web_large/sites/data.live.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/honey_bee-00006%20northeastwildlife.jpg

 

Carder bee

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/imagecache/reserve_web_large/sites/data.live.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/Bee%20Bombus%20pascuorum%20on%20aster%20cpt%20Rachel%20Scopes%20common%20carder.jpg

 

Or the solitary Tawny Mining bee?...

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/imagecache/reserve_web_large/sites/data.live.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/Tawny_Mining_Bee,%20_Derbyshire,_cpt_Philip_Precey.JPG

 

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:54

Thanks, Ive emailed my local wildlife trust to see if they can help.

So now I need to establish exactly what type they are and if they are infact nesting or simply collecting mud/clay.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:13

Thanks Wintersong. I have never had problems identifying wasps before, what with their distinctive yellow/black colours, and thier bodies seem to be seperated from their heads by just a thin segment.

Whilst these look like wasps, they are different enough to make me wonder? So do we definately think they are bees?

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