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bee Ivy Mining Bees

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Scientific name:  Colletes hederae

Size:  Up to 14mm

Distribution:  Found mostly in southern England, south Wales and the Channel Islands

Months seen:  September to November

Habitat:  Sand dunes, meadows, parks, gardens and orchards

Food:  Mostly ivy nectar and pollen

Special features:  Ivy Mining Bees are solitary bees which nest in areas of exposed earth, often in large numbers.  The tunnels which they excavate go down into the soil some 30cm or more.

Ivy Mining Bees have a yellow and black striped abdomen and the thorax is covered in orange-brown hair.

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