Ivy Bee Survey

Ivy Bee

The Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) is a relatively new to Suffolk and has only been in the UK since 2001.

It's distribution is gradually expanding northwards and we expect it can be readily found throughout Suffolk now.

It is fairly easy to identify with its boldly banded abdomen and in the autumn it can be found foraging on Ivy flowers.

They make solitary nests in loose, friable soil (a lawn or warm south-facing bank) but those nests are often very close together and there can be thousands of nests in a small area.

Find out more about Ivy Bees here http://www.bwars.com/content/colletes-hederae-faqs.

 

All Ivy Bee Records (recorded online)