Bees and Wasps

Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 did me a favour – I discovered a natural bee bank in the country park about ½km from my back door. I spent many happy hours watching and photographing what was to me the astonishing activity played out on the slope. As a result, I’m now much more interested in Bees and Wasps than I was pre-Covid.

Interested I may be but I’m still a complete beginner at identification. Without the help of the good folks at BWARS I’d be lost. I am indebted to them for much of this content.

Where genus or species is known, these are in alphabetical sequence of binomial name.


Andrena bicolor Andrena bimaculata Andrena cineraria
Andrena clarkella Andrena flavipes Andrena fuscipes
Andrena labiata Andrena scotica
Anthidium Bee
Anthophora bimaculata Anthophora plumipes Anthophora plumipes male
Apis mellifera
Bombus hortorum Bombus lapidarius Bombus pascuorum
Bombus pratorum Bombus sylvestris
Bombus terrestris-jAlbum Bombus vestalis
Coelioxys conoidea Coelioxys rufescens
Colletes cunicularius Colletes hederae Colletes succinctus
Dasypoda hirtipes Epeolus cruciger
Lasioglossum (morio group) Lasioglossum sp
Megachile sp
Nomada fabriciana Nomada fulvicornis Nomada goodeniana
Nomada lathburiana Nomada Leucophthalma
Nomada Marshamella Nomada zonata
Osmia bicolor Osmia bicornis
Rhodanthidium sp
Sphecodes sp
Trachusa sp Xylocopa violacea


Ammophila sabulosa Ammophila sp Anoplius nigerrimus
Anoplius viaticus Astata boops Cerceris rybyensis
Crabro peltarius Episyron rufipes Eumenes pomiformis
Evagetes sp Hedychridium roseum Hedychrum niemelai
Lindenius albilabris Lindenius panzeri Mellinus arvensis
Oxybelus uniglumis Philanthus triangulum Polistes gallicus
Pompilus cinereus Priocnemis sp Pseudochrysis neglecta
Sceliphron caementarium Social Wasp Vespa crabro
Vespa velutina

Ichneumon Wasps

Amblyteles armatorius Buathra laborator Ichneumon bucculentus
Lissonota lineolaris Odontocolon dentipes Ophion obscuratus