2. To spot this month: Can you be the first to spot the Ivy bee in Ireland?
It has never been recorded here, but it is now common in Britain and seems likely to arrive on our shores very soon. This solitary bee has an autumn flight period to match the flowering of its favourite plant - Ivy. In Britain it can be found from early September until early November. It nests in south facing banks of light soil, you might even be lucky enough to have it set up home in your garden!
The Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) is quite large and has very distinctive bands of white on the abdomen. To make it a little easier, most of our solitary bees have completed their life cycles now, although there will still be hoverflies and honeybees on the wing. If you think you have spotted this bee, please try to take a photograph and email it to me for validation.