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Bee Swarm, UK (1 Viewer)


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My wife took a general picture of a swarm (150?) of very active bees flying just above ground level over a neglected flower bed which was mainly exposed soil. Occasionally one would disappear underground into various entrance holes in the vertical edge of the adjacent lawn.

This was yesterday in a friend’s garden in Paganhill, Stroud, VC33.

She would like to record them, so an ID would be appreciated if possible.

Thanks, Tony


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Emeritus Prof at University of the Bearded Clam
United Kingdom
They look very much like Ivy Bees Colletes hederae, they are not a swarm as such as each individual female makes her own nest in the bare soil. These in the photo are most likely newly emerged males, which usually come out a day or two before the females and hover around nesting sites waiting for the new females to emerge.

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