Burgh Castle Colletes Bees......
A visit to Burgh Castle (7th) found Ivy Bees Colletes hederae in abundance on the Ivy along the approach road to Marina Park. There were certainly far more bees than 2017, but they were only present on patches of ivy where the flowers were ‘ripe’; the ivy flowers were in various stages of maturity along the road.
Also found visiting the ivy were the Hornet-mimic Hoverfly Volucella zonaria, the ‘Batman hoverfly’ Myathropa florea and ‘The Footballer hoverfly’ Helophilus pendulus and a Harlequin Ladybird-variety spectabilis.
After receiving an email from Joy Cushing about Colletes bees on Sea Aster, along the bottom path of the ruins, a walk along the ‘boardwalk’ found several patches of sea aster, which were far more abundant than last year.
Sure enough albeit in small numbers, there were Colletes species visiting the sea aster flowers and photographs were taken for further study later.
The photographs revealed, as suspected that Sea Aster Bees Colletes halophilus were present (also confirmed by Dr. Nick Owens) at Burgh Castle, but there were also C. hederae males also visiting the sea aster flowers.
*C. halophilus have previously been found at nearby Breydon Water.
Myathropa florea Volucella zonaria
Sea Aster Bee
Ivy Bee also visiting Sea Aster