Ivy Bees

The ivy in the hedgerows is absolutely seething in bees today, in epidemic feeling proportions.

I have just been to the local plant nursery and they have had to close off one of their poly tunnels because it’s full of ivy bees, Colletes hederae.

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Ivy bees are solitary bees, although they nest in burrows in aggregations and emerge in late August, early September to coincide with the flowering of the ivy.

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One of many hundreds of thousands of ivy bees on our ivy today

I got back from the garden centre and took a closer look at the bees on our ivy – yes, its them alright.

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