Monthly Archives: August 2016

The mountain bumblebee

Bilberry Bumblebee, Bombus monticola I have found this scarce upland bumblebee at three locations in Monmouthshire: the high moorland between Blaenavon and Blorenge; Coity Tip reserve on the other side of Blaenavon; and the extensive heather-covered hillside a few miles … Continue reading

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A rare cuckoo-bee and its host

Stelis phaeoptera and Osmia leaiana In July 2014 I found two small black bees on Yarrow in my garden that I did not recognize. Searching my keys I identified them as Stelis phaeoptera, a cuckoo-bee species. It does the kind … Continue reading

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Smallest bee?

Lasioglossum minutissimum I have now found two other insects sharing the big nest aggregation I wrote about in my earlier post. One is a very small, mostly black, hunting wasp, Lindenius albilabris, which stocks its nest with even smaller flies … Continue reading

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