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flowering-ivyFor those people lucky enough to have a garden, now is the time to experience some unusual occurrences that only happen this time of the year, but the conditions have to be just right!

If you have sandy based soil and short grass with a sunny outlook, you may notice small holes appearing in the ground and insects busily excavating. It may be a couple, or hundreds depending on the location and the culprit is the Ivy Bee.Ivy Bee

The Ivy Bee is a solitary bee and is the last to emerge in the year, normally mid to late September until November. Once mated, the female digs a burrow in loose sand or earth, in which are underground chambers which will contain several eggs and pollen for the larvae to feed on once the eggs have hatched. The female will die after a few weeks but the larvae will hatch and become adult bees to emerge in the late autumn. Although solitary by name, many females will dig burrows close together and numbers can reach several hundred. Nest sites are governed by a suitable location and food source being available and this is flowering ivy.

Flowering Ivy provides a rich source of pollen for many insects and will attract large numbers of different insects and large numbers can be reached at any one time. Ivy Bees use ivy as their main food source but are in competition with wasps, bees, flies, hoverflies, hornets and butterflies, to name but a few. If the sun shines and the flowers bloom be prepared for a feeding frenzy to occur!

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