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Ants, Bees and Wasps

County Recorder: Adrian Knowles



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Brown-banded Carder Bee
Bombus humilis

Brown-banded Carder Bee Bombus humilis

The scarcest of the three all-ginger carder bumblebees, it is found in open flower-rich grasslands in the south of England and Wales where it shows a strong preference for clover, knapweed, red bartsia and similar flower species.  Males, workers and queens are similar in appearance, ginger-brown all over with no clearly-delineated tail, often with a darker brown band on the second abdominal segment. Image: Hawk Honey/Suffolk Naturalist (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Large Garden Bublebee
large garden bumble bee

Large Garden Bublebee Bombus ruderatus

One of our largest bumblebee species, found only in the south of England and scarce even there after a considerable decline through the 20th century. Widespread across this range, but never abundant where found. All three castes are similar, with a yellow-black-yellow thorax, a yellow band at the base of the abdomen, and a pure white tail. Image: Maurice (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Moss Carder Bee
moss carder bee

Moss Carder Bee Bombus muscorum

A scarce but widespread all-ginger carder bumblebee, found in open flower-rich grasslands where it shows a strong preference for clover, knapweed, red bartsia and similar flower species. The species is more frequent in the north and west, and is largely coastal in the south. Image: Nik Borrow (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Red-shanked Carder Bee
red-shanked carder bee

Red-shanked Carder Bee Bombus ruderarius

A small, scarce bumblebee species which appears to be declining. Generally, but not always, found in association with large areas of open grassland. Image: Steven Falk (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Sea-aster Colletes Bee
Sea-aster Colletes Bee

Sea-aster Colletes Bee Colletes halophilus

A rare species of bee from the family Colletidae which is found around the margins of saltmarsh and other coastal habitats in south-eastern England and north-western Europe. It is threatened by rising sea levels and human development which reduce its food plant sea aster (Aster tripolium) and destroy its nesting areas. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, Buglife – management guidance (pdf)

Fen Mason-wasp
fen mason wasp

Fen Mason-wasp Odynerus simillimus

Odynerus simillimus has been recorded from marshy areas in East Anglia, but until its rediscovery in 1986 (Archer, 1989) it was considered to be extinct in Britain. Image: Nick Goodrum (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society

Five-banded Tailed Digger Wasp
five-banded tailed digger wasp

Five-banded Tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris quinquefasciata

This species is a very close relative of C. ruficornis and care is necessary to distinguish between them. Although widely distributed in southern England (especially in the south-east), this is a rare species. The majority of records are old, the most recent including individuals collected in Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Oxfordshire. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society

Weevil Hunting Wasp
weevil hunting wasp

Weevil Hunting Wasp Cerceris quadricincta

A wasp with black and yellow colouring. Especially the first yellow line on the abdomen often is quite broad. Females have a very pointed and slender bottom and are entirely yellow on the underside. Image: Kentish Plumber (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society



There are currently over 30,000 records on the SBIS database. Useful guidance and links for anyone wishing to study this group can be found on the Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society Website


Major Publications

The Hymenoptera of Suffolk. Part 1: Aculeata. C. Morley (1899)


The Hymenoptera of Suffolk: Part i. C. Morley (1935 TSNS 3)


The Hymenoptera of Suffolk: Part ii. C. Morley (1936 TSNS 3)


The Hymenoptera of Suffolk: Final Part. C. Morley (1937 TSNS 3)


Wasps and bees (Hymenoptera) in the Suffolk Sandlings and management for the conservation of these insects. M. Edwards (1998 TSNS 34: 80)


The Bumblebees of Suffolk. A. P. Knowles (2012 TSNS 47)


The social wasps (Vespa, Vespula and Dolichovespula, Hymenoptera: Vespidae) of Suffolk. A. Knowles (2013 TSNS 49)


A review of the solitary bees (Hymenoptera) of Suffolk. A. Knowles (2017 TSNS 53)


A review of the Solitary Wasps (Hymenoptera) of Suffolk, Part 1. A. Knowles (2018 TSNS 54)


The Wasps and Bees (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) of the Breckland and Suffolk Sandlings. 1987 Archer NCC

Other papers from Suffolk Natural History

Suffolk Hymenopterists and their associates. A. Knowles (2020) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report 2020. A. Knowles (2020) Open
Andrena bucephala (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae) new to Suffolk. M. Ferris (2020) Open
Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report 2019. A. Knowles (2019) Open
Further notes on the Solitary Bees (Hymenoptera) of Suffolk. A. Knowles (2018) Open
A review of the Solitary Wasps (Hymenoptera) of Suffolk, Part 1. A. Knowles. (2018) Open
Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report 2018. A. Knowles (2018) Open
An investigation into the foraging resources of the solitary bee Lasioglossum sexnotatum (Kirby, 1802) (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). A. Knowles (2017) Open
Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report 2017. A. Knowles (2017) Open
Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report 2015-16. A. Knowles (2016) Open
Andrena florea Fabricius, 1793 new to Suffolk. A. Knowles (2015) Open
Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report 2013–14. A. Knowles (2014) Open
The social wasps (Vespa, Vespula and Dolichovespula, Hymenoptera: Vespidae) of Suffolk. A. Knowles (2013) Open
Bumblebee Bonanza at Framlingham. T. Gardiner (2013) Open
Hymenoptera Recorder’s report 2012. A. Knowles (2012) Open
Hymenoptera Recorder’s report 2010. A. Knowles (2010) Open
Heriades truncorum (Linnaeus 1758) (Hymenoptera: Apidae) – new to Suffolk. A. Knowles (2009) Open
Bees and Bottlebrush. M.J. Kirby (2009) Open
Bee watching — observations of a Mason bee, Osmia bicolor, concealing its nest in a snail shell. R. Parker (2008) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report for 2006–2007. A. Knowles (2008) Open
Bumblebees robbing Penstemon flowers. M.J. Kirby (2008) Open
Making the most of it: Ants, Bees and Wasps on arable farmland. M. Edwards (2008) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report for 2005. A. Knowles (2006) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report for 2003/2004. A. Knowles (2005) Open
The Wasps and Bees (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) of Rampart Field and West Stow Country Park in Suffolk. M.E. Archer (2005) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report for 2002. A. Knowles (2003) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report for 2001. A. Knowles & P. Lee (2002) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Annual Report 2000. A. Knowles & P. Lee (2001) Open
Aculeate Hymenoptera Recorder’s Report 1999. P. Lee (2000) Open
Wasps and bees (Hymenoptera) in the Suffolk Sandlings and management for the conservation of these insects. M. Edward (1998)  Open
Three species of gall wasp (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) new to Suffolk. J.P. Bowdrey (1993) Open
Horn-tails and lchneumonid parasites. H.E. Chipperfield (1984) p.39 Open
Norwegian wasp. W.E. Lewis (1984) p.75 Open
Social wasps in Suffolk. G.D. Heathcote (1983) Open
Notes on some Suffolk sawflies. E. Milne-Redhead (1982) Open
Chelostoma campanularum Kirby, Hymenoptera. E. Milne-Redhead (1978) Open
The Study of Wild Bees. P.A. Raccy (1968) Open
Some Further Observations on the Habits of the Field Digger Wasp. H.J. Boreham (1962) Open
Some Habits of the Red-Legged Spider Hunting Wasp. H.J. Boreham (1961) Open
Some Habits of the Solitary Wasp Gorytes fargeii. H.J. Boreham (1959) Open
The Life and Habits of the Solitary Bee Megachile ligneseca. H.J. Boreham (1959) Open
Some Details of the Life and Habits -of the Digger Wasp Metacrabro quadricinctus. H.J. Boreham (1958) Open
Life and Habits of Common Digger Wasps. H.J. Boreham (1955) Open
Life and Habits of Silver Spring Digger Wasps. H.J. Boreham (1955) Open
Life and Habits of the Solitary Bee. H.J. Boreham (1954) Open
White-Mouthed Digger Wasp. H.J. Boreham (1954) Open
White-mouthed Digger-Wasp. H.J. Boreham (1953) Open
Further observations on the Field Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis. H.J. Boreham (1953) Open
Further observations on the Field Digger Wasp. H.J. Boreham (1952) Open
Life History of Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis. H.J. Boreham (1951) Open
On Coelocryptus rufinus, Grav., an Ichneumon New to Suffolk. C. Morley (1950) Open
Wasp's Novel Tactics. E.G. Crickmore (1949) Open
British Distribution of Phygadeuon (Ichneumonidae), with Description of Some Species New to Science. C. Morley (1946) Open
An Ichneumonid New to Science. C. Morley (1945) Open
The Hymenoptera of Suffolk: Final Part. C. Morley (1937) Open
The Hymenoptera of Suffolk: Part ii. C. Morley (1936) Open
The Hymenoptera of Suffolk: Part i. C. Morley (1935) Open
On Platymischus dilatatus, Westw., parasite of a Seaweed Fly. Morley, C. (1934) Open
On a Pine Sawfly and its Parasites. J.C. Robbins (1931) Open
Catalogue of British Oxyura. C. Morley (1931) Open


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