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FSC Preston Montford has been an outdoor classroom since 1957 and is a Field Studies Council centre. We deliver curriculum related outdoor education by the experts; from pre-school to Masters level; for infants, school students, undergraduates and enquiring adults with an interest in the natural world. Courses for schools and individuals. A venue for others to use; with bed space for 130, catering facilities and 7 fully equipped teaching and meeting spaces.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mining Bees at Preston Montford

On April 23rd 2013 a bare patch of earth attracted plenty of interest from some bees in the warm spring sunshine.
The earth was about to be tidied up when the bees were observed flying at an altitude of 3-10 cm over the dry soil. On closer inspection these were identified by Pete Boardman the FSC Invertebrate Challenge  and Bio-Fellowship Project Officer as solitary bees from the genus Andrena.
The site looked ready for more gravel but on closer inspection........

it was covered with small holes with yellow stuff in...

and small bees flying around- Andrena haemorrhoa - Lesser Mining Bees

They are solitary in that each nest is the work of a single female and, although they may live quite close together in groupings called agglomerations, they do not exhibit any social behaviour with other bees.  90% of all British Bee species are of the solitary sort.

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