Beguiling Bees and Knockout Knautias

Have you ever wondered what all the buzz is about in your garden? This episode we get to grips with some of the wild bees you are likely to find, with the help of ‘The Secret Life of Garden Bees’ by Jean Vernon. We then learn about a knockout Knautia for your garden, the charming Field Scabious.

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Sightings

7 Spot Ladybird

Robin

Dock Bug

Birch Catkin Bug

Spider Wasp

House Sparrow

Plants looking good

Rudbeckia

Helianthus

Helenium

Abelia

Eleagnus

Pyracantha

Hawthorn

Devil’s Bit Scabious

Purple Loosestrife

Bees

Pen and Sword Books: The Secret Lives of Garden Bees – Paperback (pen-and-sword.co.uk)

Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland | NHBS Field Guides & Natural History

Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain & Ireland | NHBS Field Guides & Natural History

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Home | BWARS

‘No one knew they existed’: wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim | Bees | The Guardian

Beekeeping in cities is harming other wildlife, study finds | Natural History Museum (nhm.ac.uk)

Do managed bees have negative effects on wild bees?: A systematic review of the literature | PLOS ONE

Gradual replacement of wild bees by honeybees in flowers of the Mediterranean Basin over the last 50 years | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (royalsocietypublishing.org)

Honey bee hives decrease wild bee abundance, species richness, and fruit count on farms regardless of wildflower strips | Scientific Reports (nature.com)

Honey bees and wild pollinators differ in their preference for and use of introduced floral resources – Urbanowicz – 2020 – Ecology and Evolution – Wiley Online Library

Frontiers | Pitting Wild Bees Against Managed Honey Bees in Their Native Range, a Losing Strategy for the Conservation of Honey Bee Biodiversity (frontiersin.org)

Anthophora plumipes (Pallas,1772) | BWARS

Dasypoda hirtipes (Fabricius,1793) | BWARS

Bombus hortorum (Linnaeus,1761) | BWARS

Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus,1761) | BWARS

Colletes hederae Schmidt & Westrich,1993 | BWARS

Macropis europaea Warncke,1973 | BWARS

Bombus terrestris (Linnaeus,1758) | BWARS

Bombus pascuorum (Scopoli,1763) | BWARS

Osmia bicolor (Schrank,1781) | BWARS

Megachile centuncularis (Linnaeus,1758) | BWARS

Native Plant of the Month

Knautia arvensis | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Plantlife :: Field Scabious

Biological Flora of Britain and Ireland: Knautia arvensis (wiley.com)

Knautia arvensis (Field Scabious) – BBC Gardeners World Magazine

Knautia arvensis|field scabious/RHS Gardening

Andrena hattorfiana (Fabricius, 1775) | BWARS

Thick-legged Flower Beetle – Bug Directory – Buglife

Marsh Fritillary | Butterfly Conservation (butterfly-conservation.org)

Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth | Butterfly Conservation (butterfly-conservation.org)

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