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Wed 16th May 2012 20:26 by Peter Pearson
Bee identity
On Sunday last, my grandson showed me a bees nest he had found in the metal liner of an underpass at Highwoods Colchester. It had been excavated through a bolt hole in the metal casing of the structure.

Bee 2 Copyright: Peter Pearson

He thought he had found a wild honey bees nest and wanted an identification. To all intents the bees did resemble honey bees but were a little smaller.
Bee 1 Copyright: Peter Pearson

The nest was obviously occupied by a number of insects and there was a constant stream of bees with laden with pollen entering the nest. I believe they were Adrena caratonica which researches suggest gather to nest in this way, in a group but with individual cells.
Added to this a small bee was seen to enter the nest which I believe was Nomada marshamella a parasite of A.caratonica, pictured below.
Nomada marshamella (Marshams Nomad Bee) Copyright: Peter Pearson
Confirmation of the identy of these bees would be appreciated if possible please.


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