Awesome Autumnal Pollinators

Autumn is finally arriving, the leaves are changing colour and the nights are drawing in. This doesn’t mean there isn’t lots of interesting insects to be seen.

There are quite a few bees still to be found including some small late flying solitary bees, ivy bees and a few bumblebee species. I have especially seen lots of late flying common carder bees lately. I recently photographed some lovely Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae) in Reading. This species has specially adapted to take advantage of the late flowering and often abundant plant Ivy. By coming out later in the year than most other solitary bees they avoid competition with them for pollen and nectar.

Solitary Bee
Solitary Bee
Ivy Bee
Female Ivy Bee
Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae)
Female Ivy Bee

 A huge thanks must go to Chris Foster for telling me where to find some of these bees. This species is gradually spreading northwards after originally being found in Devon and has now reached Staffordshire. If you think you have seen this bee please report it to the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society using this form.

Ivy is known to be a important nectar source for atleast 76 pollinator species including many hoverflies. Here are some recent photos I’ve taken of some hoverflies that are still flying this late in the year.

Sericomya silentis
Sericomya silentis
Eupodes luniger
Eupodes luniger
Episyrphus balteatus
Episyrphus balteatus
Episyrphus balteatus
Episyrphus balteatus
Sphaerophoria scripta
Sphaerophoria scripta
Platycheirus scutatus (agg)
Platycheirus scutatus (agg)
Scaeva pyrastri
Scaeva pyrastri
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3 responses to “Awesome Autumnal Pollinators

  1. Hi Ryan ,Loving the Photo's mate , Keep up the great Work , from Ryan

  2. Great photos, Ryan. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. Hi Ryan, beautiful pictures!
    Ivy is such a great plant, makes me sad to see many people removing it because the roots damage walls and trees.

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