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Ivy Bees (colletes hederae)

 
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tai haku
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:08 am    Post subject: Ivy Bees (colletes hederae) Reply with quote

As this subforum seems rather quiet I thought I'd share some photos and video of our colony of ivy bees. They live in holes in a bank on our driveway and emerge rather spectacularly for a few weeks a year....




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BridgetB
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What beautiful bees, and photos - thank you! I shall recognise them now if I see any.
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Ollie
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fantastic pictures.. again thanks for sharing them with us.
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Tavascarow
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are these current?
Ivy bees emerge very late to coincide with the Ivy flowers which is how they get their name.
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tai haku
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tavascarow wrote:
Are these current?
Ivy bees emerge very late to coincide with the Ivy flowers which is how they get their name.


nope - last year's. I only just remembered I had the shots to share.
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