Monthly Archives: July 2016

Gregarious and social

Lasioglossum malachurum On the West side of Monmouth, along the edge of Sergeant’s Wood and Sergeant’s Grove there are some large nesting aggregations of a small mining bee Lasioglossum malachurum, sometimes called the Sharp-collared Furrow Bee on account of its … Continue reading

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Making homes for leafcutter bees

A simple construction built with metal cans and bamboo tubes has attracted several species of tube-nesting bees to my garden since I first tried it in 2011. They include leafcutter species which line their nest-cells and seal the ends with … Continue reading

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Longhorn Bee

The Longhorn Bee, Eucera longicornis My bee of the year 2016! This large solitary bee has disappeared from many British counties in recent years. This may be due to the loss of its main foraging plants – especially Bird’s-foot Trefoil … Continue reading

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