Bees and wasps found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to Torphins.org.

Apis mellifera, honeybee, female

Apis mellifera, the Honeybee

Found near flowers in gardens, grassland and woodland edges during spring summer and autumn.

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leafcutter bee  

Leafcutter bee

Found on flowers in summer, also found cutting semi-circles out of rose leaves.

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Halictus rubicundus, sweat bee female

Sweat bee Halictus rubicundus

Female body length 12 mm

Seen in a variety of habitats from late spring through summer.

Feeds on nectar, stores pollen for young.

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wasp nest, Vespula sp.

Vespula germanica or Vespula vulgaris, social wasps.

Found in open woodland, grassland and gardens in spring summer and autumn.

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Vespula vulgaris queen, common wasp queen

Vespula vulgaris, common wasp.

Queen 16 - 19 mm long, worker 11 - 14 mm long, male 13 - 17 mm long.

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Female Ichneumonid wasp

Ichneumonid wasp, parasitic wasp.

Found in most habitats in warmer months.

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Pompilidae, robber wasp, spider wasp

Pompilidae, robber wasps, spider wasps

Seen on flowers hunting spiders on sunny days.

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