Nov 012018
 

One of the record experts has checked 140 of my bee records! I was surprised to see all of them verified.
Sandpit Mining Bee, Small Flecked Mining Bee and Impunctate Mini-miner are new species for me. Turquoise Furrow Bee, Shiny-margined Mini-miner, Tormentil Mining Bee and the wasp Ceropales maculata are also new records for Mull and VC103.

I’m still waiting for one that another expert sent to a second expert for verification. Otherwise my bee records are up to date.

New records

Turquoise Furrow Bee (new for Mull but 1 record on Ardnamurchan and 1 near Oban)
2 at Treshnish wood waterfall NM358486 on 29/05/2018 (possibly same individual)




1 at Treshnish wood waterfall NM358486 on 06/09/2018




Shiny-margined Mini-miner (new for Mull)
1 at Ensay Burn bridge, Treshnish wood NM359485 on 28/05/2018

1 at Treshnish wood waterfall NM358486 on 28/05/2018



Tormentil Mining Bee (new for Mull but quite a few scattered records throughout Scotland)
1 at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse NM356486 on 08/06/2018

Sandpit Mining Bee (1 record for Mull from Loch Don area)
1 at Black Park, to east of east gate beside a bee nest bank on the eroded side of a runnel NM348482 on 23/05/2018



Small Flecked Mining Bee (1 record for Mull in Treshnish 10×10 km square). Previously I had only 3 Plausible records.
1 at Black Park east gate NM347482 on 30/05/2018

1 at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse NM356486 on 27/05/2018 (actually there were 2 but the second does not have good enough photos to submit)

Impunctate Mini-miner (3 previous records on Mull). Previously I had only 3 Plausible records.
1 at Black Park to west of highest hillock NM345482 on 07/06/2018

Also one new wasp species (new for Mull and uncommon in the UK, mostly coastal with no records for west coast Scotland north of the Clyde)
Ceropales maculata
1 in Black Park at NM345482 on 13/08/2011 (that isn’t a typo it really is a record from 2011).

Other notable records

Hawthorn Mining Bee (as mentioned previously a rare bee in Scotland)
1 at NM358486 on 05/06/2018 (This had already been mentioned in a previous post as accepted by another independent expert)



1 at Treshnish wood Ensay Burn cattlegrid NM359485 on 28/05/2018

1 at Treshnish wood waterfall NM358486 on 27/05/2018



Smooth-faced Furrow Bee (previously I had only one Accepted and 1 Plausible)
2 at Treshnish wood Ensay Burn cattlegrid NM359485 on 06/06/2018 (possibly same individual)
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2 at Treshnish wood waterfall NM358486 on 06/06/2018 (possibly same individual)
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1 at Treshnish wood waterfall NM358486 on 07/09/2018


Common Furrow Bee (my first female based on the presence of a male)
1 in nest burrow beside farm track to east of Treshnish wood Nissen Hut at NM355487 on 04/09/2018


Painted Mining Bee (previously I had only one Accepted)
2 at NM347482 on 28/05/2018
1 at NM356486 on 30/05/2018
1 at NM356486 on 06/06/2018
3 at NM356486 on 08/06/2018
4 at NM356486 on 12/06/2018
1 at NM345481 on 16/06/2018
1 at NM356486 on 21/06/2018
3 at NM356486 on 24/06/2018
2 at NM356486 on 25/06/2018
1 at NM356486 on 26/06/2018
1 at NM356486 on 27/06/2018
1 at NM356486 on 30/06/2018

 November 1, 2018