A new, downloadable, draft key to the Pompilidae has been added to the Identification guides page
This mining bee has been renamed from Andrena similis Smith,1849, it is a close relative of Andrena wilkella (Kirby), with which it could easily be confused. However, it differs from that species in having the postscutellum, and the lateral and posterior margins of the scutellum clad with very dense, short, erect, reddish-orange hairs. In addition the posterior hair-band of the third gastral tergite is very widely broken. In A. wilkella the surfaces of the scutellum and postscutellum are largely glabrous, and the posterior hair-band of the third tergite is only… Read more
The bibliography that was on the BWARS site up to June 2023 has sadly been lost. Fortunately an archived copy exists and can be accessed from a link on the Bibliography page via the Resources menu.
The bibliography that was on the BWARS site up to June 2023 has sadly been lost. Fortunately an archived copy exists and can be accessed from the following link.
This medium-sized Andrena is very similar to the common Andrena dorsata (Kirby), with bright foxy hairs on the thorax and a shining black abdomen with fine lines of white hairs on the apices of the segments, only even more contrasting in appearance. It may be confirmed by careful examination, looking at the shape and form of the hairs on the hind tibia in females and the presence of a line of black hairs against the eyes in the male. It is a rather enigmatic species, being very abundant in a locality for a number of years and then apparently disappearing. I have not seen… Read more
22nd – 29th June 2024 (Saturday to Saturday)
The DF would be pleased to have BWARS members join us at our 2024 summer field meeting in Lancashire, where we will be based at Lancaster University. Lancaster is a good base for exploring north Lancashire, the southern Lake District and the Forest of Bowland. For single rooms, the cost of half-board (which includes a two course evening meal with tea or coffee) will be £463.31 for 7 nights, while B&B only will cost £358.31. For two people sharing a twin room, the cost per person will be £311.66 for half board and £206.… Read more
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