Sunday, 12 June 2011
Have you seen a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum)?
The Tree Bee has a very distinctive ginger head, black body and white tail. It was first recorded in the UK in 2001 having arrived from continental Europe. It is thought unlikely to impact negatively on existing bee species, making it a welcome addition to our island's fauna. Northumberland is as far north as it has got so far, and judging by the large numbers in Whitley Bay, it's doing very well and likely to progress north of the border sometime soon.
The Bees, Ants and Wasps Recording Society (BEWARS) is keen to receive sightings. You can contact them on their website, http://www.bwars.com
You can download a factsheet on the Tree Bee from http://www.bwars.com/Files%204%20downloading/Info_sheets/03_Bombus_hypnorum_1col_infosheet.pdf