Ivy Bee

Ivy BeeIvy Bee

Latin name: Colletes hederae

The Ivy Bee is a relatively recent immigrant to Alderney and indeed was only recognized as a separate species in the 1990s. It is an attractive small bee, with a furry red-orange thorax and an abdomen which is brown and yellow ringed almost like a wasp. It flies later in the year than most bees (September to November) as it gathers honey only from ivy flowers, which are out then. It is a “solitary bee” but in fact lives in colonies in banks with bare patches suitable for tunnelling. On Alderney there is a big colony at Clonque and another near Fort Albert, and numerous smaller groups in banks and walls elsewhere.