francesae is most readily observed by locating blooming individuals of S.
The patrolling area of males in search of females has been largely overlooked in wild bees, but Peakall & Schiestl (2004) have shown that Colletes
cunicularius males are mostly found within a very close range (i.
The area, which spans from Gronant Dunes to Talacre Warren, is home to a wealth of rare animals and birds, including the natterjack toad, sand lizards, colletes
bees and terns.
Most solitary bees (about 70%) nest in the ground, including Andrena (Andrenidae), Colletes
(Colletidae), most halictid bees (Halictidae), most Anthophorinae (Apidae) and some Megachilidae.
The discovery of the northern colletes
species on the Hebridean islands of Colonsay and Oronsay has delighted environmentalists, who had been alarmed by the decline in its numbers caused by major habitat loss.
RABBIT WORK: Dune restoration at Newborough Warren DUNE CREATURES: Sand wasp; Wild grazing ponies; and the beetle Colletes