Ivy Bee

Colletes hederae


Body length 10 - 16mm. The females are have buff bands on the abdomen and a thick ginger pile on the thorax and first abdominal segment. The males are similar but slightly smaller than the females.


Hederows, woodland edge, anywhere where Ivy is available as it it almost exclusively the plant they feed from. Nests are burrowed in patches of dry sandy soil.

Status and distribution

A recent colonist of the UK and not long arrival in Nottinghamshire. Uncommon at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

Late August to November.