Ivy Bee Colletes hederae (Schmidt & Westrich, 1993)
This very distinctive species was first recorded in the UK as recently as 2001, some eight years after being discovered as 'new to science' in southern Europe in 1993. After a rapid northerly spread, Colletes hederae was first reported from Nottinghamshire at Holme Pierrepont in 2017 (Dutton, A.) and was probably already well established there, at least a year previously. Commonly known as the Ivy Bee, C. hederae is hardly likely to be mistaken for any other species feeding on Ivy during September and October. It is large, easily equal in size to the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and with dense fulvous covering of hairs on the thorax and distinctive orange-tinted pale bands on the abdomen.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Colletes hederae
 
Colletes hederae nesting habitat at Holme Pierrepont.
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Adrian Dutton. NBGRC. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Rob Johnson. Rob Woodward. Tim Sexton.

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Updated October 2018

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