Colletes hederae: the ivy bee | Nature Notes from Dorset

Now this delightful little solitary bee (Colletes hederae) is a real treat. Although present across much of Europe it was first recorded in this country in Langton Matravers, Dorset in 2001 and in the short time since has spread across much of southern England. It nests in sandy soils and so is found mainly in coastal locations but is appearing more and more inland. 
This species of bee does not emerge until September when its main nectar plant, ivy (Hedera helix) is in flower and that is obviously where it takes it scientific name from, hederae meaning 'of the ivy' and hence its colloquial name, the ivy bee.

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