Common Carder Bee Nest Found!
We take great pride at Stockley Park in regularly monitoring the success and condition of our biodiversity enhancement areas. During one of these monitoring sessions, we came across something on the ground underneath a willow coppice stool – a ball of moss, looking a lot like an upside-down birds nest. On closer inspection (carefully of course) we found something quite extraordinary – a common carder bee nest. The pictures below, courtesy of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website, show the inside of a common carder bee nest and is a particularly good likeness of what we discovered.
Bumblebees are social insects, but unlike honey bees, they do not live in large colonies with a single Queen and do not produce and store honey for the winter.
To discover and learn more about this fascinating invertebrates please do visit the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website, www.bumblebeeconservation.org and see how you can get involved in helping to protect these important pollinators. At Stockley Park we are encouraging and enhancing floral diversity and leaving wildflower areas uncut until late summer to provide pollen sources for bees, wasps, flies, day-flying moths and beetles for as long as possible during their most active time of the year.
Picture 1 – the ball of moss on the ground underneath a willow coppice stool at Stockley Park
Picture 2 – from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website, the inside of a moss ball
Picture 3 – Common carder bee in flight feeding on Stockley Park Lavender.