We have sampled lots of different and interesting habitats on our fieldwork so far…
In this pretty cemetery in Whitkirk it was so nice to see that this patch had been left unmown and the primroses allowed to flourish!
|A bee fly.|
|A tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum).|
|A solitary bee (Andrena sp. ) enjoying a dandelion.|
|A very muddy early mining bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)|
Whilst out and about on campus we recently discovered a city of tawny mining bees – an idyllic little spot of grass covered with cowslips and violets near to the School of Music where almost every inch of ground seemed to have a nest or a wandering bee in it. I don’t think we’ve ever seen so many in one small space! So it just shows how valuable these little pockets of habitat can be in urban environments, not just for feeding but nesting too.
|Can you spot the bee spying on its neighbours from its nest?|