Tuesday, 2 September 2014

PICTURES: Exciting discover at RSPB Lakenheath Fen

In his latest blog, communications officer David White reveals how a rare find completes a story that goes back 400 years.

An exciting discovery was made on the reserve last week.

Botany Bay, at the west end of the reserve, has been home to a rare species of solitary bee for several years. Its given name is Macropis europeaea, or the slightly more user friendly moniker of the yellow-loosestrife bee. As its name suggests, it is closely associated to yellow loosestrife, which can be seen in our slideshow, in an image by Katherine Puttick.

The yellow-loosestrife bee is restricted to southern Britain, so we are very lucky that this species of solitary bee calls the reserve home.

The exciting discovery that I mentioned above was that at the beginning of last week, Katherine, our warden, photographed a yellow-loosestrife bee less than half a mile away from the visitor centre – you can see the image in our slideshow.

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