The latest two solitary bees to arrive in Ireland are the Ivy Bee (October 2021) and the Hairy-footed Flower Bee (March 2022). Please keep an eye out and email a photograph if you think you’ve spotted them. It will be very useful to track their expansion across Ireland in the coming years

 

Anthophora plumipes (Hairy-footed Flower Bee)

       

Information:

  • First spotted in Dublin City on the 27th March 2022
  • If you spot this bee, please send a photograph for validation so that we can track it’s expansion in Ireland in coming years
  • Large bumblebee-sized species
  • The female resembles a small, black bumblebee with orange-red hairs on the hind leg. 
  • The male has extensive yellow markings on its face and a very long fringe of hairs along the lower half of it’s middle leg.
  • Often one of the first bees to emerge from hibernation – found from early March to late May.
  • Often nests in the soft mortar in old walls. Occasionally it will nest on bare clay on the ground.
  • Will visit a range of flowers but particularly likes Lungwort
  • Common and widespread in much of England and Wales, especially in towns, cities and villages.

 

Colletes hederae (Ivy Bee)

Ivy bee_Steven Falk

 

 

 

 

 

Information:

  • First spotted at the Raven Nature Reserve in Wexford in October 2021
  • If you spot this bee, please send a photograph for validation so that we can track it’s expansion in Ireland in coming years
  • Was recorded as new to Britain in 2001. Has since spread across much of southern England and into south Wales, where it is now extremely plentiful in some coastal localities.
  • Very late flight period. It is the last solitary bee to emerge each year and is on the wing from early September until early November.
  • Honeybee sized but with clear pale bands on the abdomen
  • Look for the bee on large stands of flowering Ivy