The order Hymenoptera is the third largest order of insects, comprising worldwide more than 150,000 species of sawflies, wasps, bees, ants and their relatives. As yet there has been little study of these species within the Welsh Harp recording area. Published records to date comprise just eight of the UK’s 250 or so species of bee.
Bees of the Welsh Harp
- Ivy Bee Colletes hederae — a new addition to the reservoir list in 2017, when a colony of this species (first recorded in the UK in 2001) was found on Harp Island Close on Oct 27th.
- Clark’s Mining-Bee Andrena clarkella — a new addition to the reservoir list in 2016, with a female visiting a nest in bare soil by the North Marsh on Mar 28th.
- Leafcutter Bee Megachile willughbiella
- White-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lucorum
- Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris
- Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius
- Gypsy Cuckoo Bumblebee Bombus bohemicus
- Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum
- Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera
Self A. (2013) “Other wildlife”, in Welsh Harp Report 2013. London: Welsh Harp Conservation Group.
Wikipedia contributors (undated) “List of bees of Great Britain”, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, available here (accessed 30 November 2016)