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Bees, Wasps, Ants and Sawflies (Order Hymenoptera)

The Hymenoptera are described as being a holometabolous (having a complete metamorphosis) group, with generally apodous (without legs) larvae, exarate (with the appendages free, not glued to the body) pupa and a cocoon. The adults or imagos have two pairs of membranous wings, often with greatly reduced venation, the hind wings are smaller than... more


Leaf-cutting Bees (Family Megachilidae)

Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa)

Both sexes are covered in dense gingery hairs, the male with white tufts on the head while the female's head is black. The males are smaller than the females. They nest in pre-existing cavities such as hollow plant...  more


Wool Carder Bee (Anthidium manicatum)

This is a medium-sized solitary bee. It is almost hairless and is decorated with various yellow spots and stripes. The male Wool Carder Bee is significantly larger than the female and has three spikes on the tip of its...  more



Mining Bees (Family Andrenidae)

A Mining Bee (Andrena flavipes)

This is a hairy species with striking yellowish-orange bands across the abdomen. Except for body hair color (especially on the head) males and females look very similar. The hairs are whitish grey in males and reddish...  more

Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)



Cuckoo Bees, Carpenter Bees, Digger Bees, Bumble Bees and Honey Bees (Family Apidae)

Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)

Early Bumblebees are relatively small and have short tongues. The workers look just like smaller versions of the queen but with a whitish tail. The abdominal yellow hairs though can vary from being completely absent...  more


Common Carder Bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum)

The Common Carder Bumblebee is the only common bumblebee to have a completely ginger thorax. The abdomen is usually a bit more variable in color, and can be grayish or red. The short hairs look scruffy...  more



True Wasps (Family Vespidae)

German Wasp (Vespula germanica)

Its appearance is very similar to the Common Wasp but seen head on it has three black dots known as ocelli, which are thought to be horizon detectors. The nest is made from chewed plant fibers, mixed with...  more



Cicada-killing Wasps, Mud Daubers and Sand Wasps (Family Crabronidae)

Bee-wolf (Philanthus triangulum)

Philanthus triangulum is called the Bee-wolf because it feeds its larvae almost exclusively on Honey Bees (Apis mellifera). It usually catches them while they are visiting a flower but can also take them while they are...  more







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