We’re interested in what you think and what you’ve seen - take pictures and make notes about what interests you!
If you want to take regular pictures, pick a location and set up a program of picture-taking that suits your schedule.
In general, we're interested in nest box visitors, including bees, wasps or spiders that build nests in the nest box, or wasps and spiders that might be preying on the bees or the larvae. If there are tubes occupied by solitary bees, we‘d be interested in seeing an image of the sealed tube end. Generally, miner bees use soil and leaf-cutter bees use leaves to seal their nests. We would also like to hear about the flowers that are blooming around the nests.
There's a guide to taking pictures of bees here. As ever, once you've taken an image, it's important to give it a filename that captures the date and location.
Click here to upload your images and observations for our bee nest boxes in Oxford and Wytham Wood. We also welcome images and observations from your solitary bee nest boxes!
Species you’re likely to see!
Bees: Megachile (leaf-cutters), Osmia bicornis, Osmia caerulescens and Osmia leaiana (mason bees), Coelioxys (cuckoo bees)
Wasps (largely parasites of the bees): Crossocerus sp, Passaloecus sp., Symmorphorus bifasciatus, Monodontomerus, Pteromalus, Ancistrocerus nigricornis, Ancistrocerus trifasciatus, Pemphredon lugubris, Auplopus carbonarius, Melittobia acasta, Gasteruption jaculator, Sapyga quinquepuncata, Chrysura radians, Chrysis ignita and Chrysis terminate.
Are you looking for more opportunities to observe and learn about bees?
Join the Wytham Woods Citizen Science BeeWalk!.