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Bees Wasps and Ants
Bees, wasps and ants were once the most likely insects you would see in your garden but sadly numbers continue to decline each year due to pesticide used on our farms and in gardens as well over cutting of wild flowers whilst they are still in bloom. However, bees are still peoples favourites; admired as they work tirelessly to collect pollen to feed their young; wasps are less so as they can spoil any picnic! Making up the order hymenoptera along with various relatives such as ichneumons and sawflies. Here are a selection I have seen and photographed in Dorset.
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|Species featured in this book||Scientific Name||Title|
|Sawfly (M duodecimpunctata)||Macrophya duodecimpunctata||Macrophya duodecimpunctata: a sawfly|
|Sawfly (T mesomela)||Tenthredo mesomela||Tenthredo mesomela: a sawfly|
|Ichneumon (E reluctator)||Echthrus reluctator||Echthrus reluctator: an ichneumon|
|Ichneumon Fly (A armatorius)||Amblyteles armatorius||Amblyteles armatorius: an ichneumon fly|
|Ichneumon Fly (I suspiciosus)||Ichneumon suspiciosus||Ichneumon suspiciosus: an ichneumon fly|
|Ichneumon Fly (P instigator)||Pimpla instigator||Pimpla instigator: an ichneumon fly|
|Ichneumon (P turionellae)||Pimpla turionellae||Pimpla turionellae: an ichneumon fly|
|Ichneumon Fly (B laborator)||Buathra laborator||Buathra laborator: the red-legged wasp|
|Wood Ant||Formica rufa||Wood Ant: passes the acid test|
|Hornet||Vespa crabo||Hornet: stiring up a hornets nest|
|Common Wasp||Vespula vulgaris||Vespula vulgaris: the common wasp|
|Red-banded Sand wasp||Ammophila sabulosa||Red-banded Sand Wasp: living down under|
|Slender-bodied Digger Wasp||Crabro cribrarius||Crabro cribrarius: the slender-bodied digger wasp|
|Field Digger Wasp||Mellinus arvensis||Mellinus arvensis: the field digger wasp|
|Sand-tailed Digger Wasp||Cerceris arenaria||Cerceris arenaria: the sand tailed digger wasp|
|Ivy Bee||Colletes hederae||Colletes hederae: the ivy bee|
|Gwynnes Mining Bee||Andrena bicolor||Andrena bicolor: a solitary mining bee:|
|Grey-haired Mining Bee||Andrena cineraria||Ashy Mining Bee: Andrena cineraria|
|Early Mining Bee||Andrena haemorrhoa||Andrena haemorrhoa: the early mining bee|
|Mining Bee (A thoracica)||Andrena thoracica||Mining Bee: Andrena thoracica|
|Mining Bee (A nitida)||Andrena nitida||Grey-patched Mining Bee: Andrena nitidi|
|Slender Mining Bee||Lasioglossum calceatum||Lasioglossum calceatum: the slender mining bee:|
|Wool Carder Bee||Anthidium manicatum||Wool Carder Bee: wishing and hoping|
|Patchwork Leaf Cutter Bee||Megachile centuncularis||Megachile centuncularis: the patchwork leaf-cutter bee|
|Willughbys Leaf Cutter Bee||Megachile willughbiella||Leaf-cutter Bee: Megachile willughbiella|
|Goodens Nomad Bee||Nomada goodeniana||Goodens Nomad Bee: cuckoo, cuckoo|
|Heath Bumble-bee||Bombus jonellus||Bombus jonellus: the heathland bumble-bee|
|Large Red-tailed Bumble-bee||Bombus lapidarius||Large Red-tailed Bumble-bee: red tails in the sunset!|
|White-tailed Bumble-bee||Bombus lucorum||White-tailed Bumble-bee: a common or garden bee|
|Tree Bumble-bee||Bombus hypnorum||Bombus hypnorum: the millennium bee|
|Buff-tailed Bumble-bee||Bombus terrestris||Buff-tailed bumblebee: down to earth|
|Common Carder Bee||Bombus pascuorum||Common carder bee: not a rolling stone|
|Vestal Cuckoo-bee||Bombus vestalis||Vestal Cuckoo-bee: not such a busy bee|
|Honey Bee||Apis mellifera||Honey bee: a hive of activity|
This book is made up of the segments listed below. Click the segment title for information about specie within that segment.
Social insects nesting underground in colonies with flightless workers tending a winged queen and her young.
A large group of insects, mostly solitary rather than communal. Pollen and nectar feeders but only the females collect this to take back to the nest.
|Bumble bees and Cuckoo bees||
Generally large, sturdy, hairy, social insects with distinctive colour patterns although some species are very similar. Cuckoo bees look similar but lay their eggs in bumble bee nests and so do not collect nectar.
Wasps that lay their eggs in the nest of a host species.
Solitary wasps that mainly nest in the ground creating little heaps of soil or sand as they excavate. Usually yellow and black or orange and black.
A large and diverse group of parasitic insects, usally having long antennae and the females have long ovipositors to lay their eggs inside the larvae of other insects, often caterpillars.
Sawflies are not flies but relatives of bees and wasps. Not strong fliers and tend to stay on bushes and pants where they feed on pollen. Variable insects, some have saw-like ovipositors.
The familar yellow and black insect of the garden. There are many varieties difficult to distinguish between. The group includes the hornet.