Ivy Bees

Some bees are easy to spot, some bees are easy to photograph… some bees are not! Normally we wouldn’t be all that excited to share fleeting slow-motion videos of bees flying away… but ivy bees are different.

Ivy bees haven’t been in the UK for long and they’re so beautiful with their striking yellow stripes and amber fluffy bodies. They were first spotted in the UK back in 2001 down in Devon and since then they have slowly been slowly moving north and east. They appear when the ivy is in bloom (September and October) and we’d like to challenge you to spot one. In fact we’re curious to see how far north our community might be able to record a sighting of these little guys.

We are going to be sharing photos, videos and facts about ivy bees for the next couple of months to inspire you and if you get really keen we’ve started a project to track sightings on iNaturalist to see if we can understand a little more about these newbies… or should that be new-bees

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