Bees  (Apidae family)

The number of bee species identified in the area was enhhanced, particularly during 2016, by the efforts of local naturalist Rose Stephens, and her records are appended to my somewhat meagre list of species. Means of assistance to the identification of species have been helped considerably in recent years by not only the publication of good field guides such as Falk and Lewington's Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), but also by the availability of good quality photographic equipment and on-line assistance from experts such as may be available from such websites as iSpot and iRecord.

However, identification made on the basis of information available in general field guides and by means of photographs cannot always be reliable. Some species require microscopic examination and specialist knowledge to reliably identify. As such, the information presented here relating to our knowledge of local bees should be treated with some caution. Where a species has been reliably identified, or thought to be distinctive enough that there is little doubt, then it is given here without comment. In some cases, though, it may have been only identified to Genus level, and in others a question mark is put after the species.


Name Sub-family Species Locality and first records
Gwynne's Mining Bee ? Andreninae Andrena (bicolor ?) Wanstead Park, 22/03/2016
Grey Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena cineraria Wanstead Park; near Perch Pond, 18/04/2009 and on Temple slope in 11/04/2010; on Plain /04/2015
Clark's Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena clarkella Wanstead Flats 03/04/2011; Wanstead Flats 31/03/2016 (TH)
Tawny Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena fulva Wanstead Flats, 19/04/2006; Wanstead Park, 10/04/2009
Early Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena haemorrhoa Wanstead Flats 23/04/2015
Grey-patched Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena nitida Wanstead Flats 19/04/2006; Manor Park Cemetery 08/04/2016 (RSt)
Large Shaggy Bee ? Andreninae Panurgus sp. (poss. banksianus) Wanstead Park, 13/06/2015
Little Flower Bee Anthoporinae Anthophera bimaculata Capel Road garden 26/06/2017
Hairy-footed Flower Bee Anthoporinae Anthophora plumipes Capel Road garden 15/05/2010
Common Mourning Bee Anthoporinae Melecta albifrons Capel Road garden 20/04/2011
Gooden's Nomad Bee Anthoporinae Nomada goodeniana Capel Road garden 13/04/2016
Honey Bee Apinae Apis mellifera City of London Cemetery, 13/01/2008
Garden Bumblebee Apinae Bombus hortorum Capel Road garden 01/06/2007
Tree Bee Apinae Bombus hypnorum Capel Road garden, 27/02/2011
Red-tailed Bumblebee Apinae Bombus lapidarius Wanstead Park, 28/03/2006; City of London Cemetery, 27/03/2011
White-tailed Bumblebee Apinae Bombus lucorum Capel Road garden, 01/09/2004; City of London Cemetery, 17/12/2006; Wanstead Park 15/08/2010
Common Carder Bee Apinae Bombus pascuorum Wanstead Park, 03/04/2005; City of London Cemetery, 28/03/2011; Capel Road garden 05/05/2013
Early Bumblebee Apinae Bombus pratorum Capel Road garden, 02/03/2009
Buff-tailed Bumblebee Apinae Bombus terrestris Wanstead Flats, 19/04/2006
Patchwork Leafcutter Bee ? Megachilinae Megachile centuncularis ? Capel Road garden 01/07/2013
Red Mason Bee Megachilinae Osmia bicornis Capel Road garden 11/04/2011


List of species recorded by people other than myself - notably Rose Stephens (RSt). I have not personally seen these species.

Name Sub-family Species Locality and first records
Hawthorn Mining Bee ? Andreninae Andrena (chrysosceles ?) Manor Park Cemetery 09/04/2016 (RSt)
Short-fringed Mining bee Andreninae Andrena dorsata Manor Park Cemetery 20/04/2016 (RSt)
Yellow-legged Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena flavipes Wanstead Flats, 11/03/2016 (RSt)
Red-girdled Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena labiata Wanstead Flats 09/04/2016 (RSt)
Buffish Mining Bee Andreninae Andrena nigroaenea Wanstead Flats 25/03/2016 (RSt)
Wilke's Mining Bee ? Andreninae Andrena (wilkella ?) Manor Park Cemetery 14/04/2016 (RSt)
Fabricius' Mining Bee Anthoporinae Nomada fabriciana Manor Park Cemetery 08/04/2016 (RSt)
Little Nomad Bee ? Anthoporinae Nomada (flavoguttata ?) Manor Park Cemetery 08/04/2016 (RSt)
Painted Nomad Bee Anthoporinae Nomada fucata Manor Park Cemetery 13/04/2016 (RSt)
Lathbury's Nomad Bee Anthoporinae Nomada lathburiana Manor Park Cemetery 20/04/2016 (RSt)
Marsham's Mining Bee Anthoporina Nomada marshamella Manor Park Cemetery 13/04/2016 (RSt)
Bronze Furrow Bee Halictinae Halictus tumulorum Wanstead Flats 12/04/2016 (RSt)
Bloomed Furrow Bee Halictinae Lasioglossum albipes Wanstead Flats 11/04/2016 (RSt)
Common Furrow Bee Halictinae Lasioglossum calceatum Wanstead Park, 22/03/2016 (RSt)
Furry-claspered Furrow Bee Halictinae Lasioglossum lativentre Wanstead Flats 22/04/2016 (RSt)
Large-headed Resin Bee Megachilinae Heriades truncorum Wanstead Flats 20/07/2015 (RSt)
Spined Mason Bee Megachilinae Hoplitis (Osmia) spinulosa Wanstead Flats 11/07/2015 (RSt)

Other Insects

Name Species Locality
For Dragonflies click here Zygoptera  
Grasshoppers and Crickets Orthoptera  
Common Green Grasshopper Omocestulus viridulus Sewage Works 10/08/01
Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus SW; COL cemetery
Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus SW; Wanstead Park
Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus discolor Sewage Works on 10/09/90; Wanstead Flats; Wanstead Park
Oak Bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum Common on Wanstead Flats
Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima Common around Wanstead Park
Slender Ground -hopper Tetrix subulata In rough vegetation on S. side of Heronry Pond, 24/04/09
Dark Bush Cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera COL; First found in Wanstead Park on 27/06/07
Roesel's Bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii Common on Flats, in Park and in Sewage Works and COL cemetery
House Cricket Acheta domestica By stables near Sewage Works and in CoL Cemetery. Not heard since 2006
Bugs Hemiptera  
Water Scorpion Nepa cinerea In Heronry Pond
Water Boatman Corix punctata Capel Road garden
Striped Oak Bug Calocoris quadripunctatus Capel Road by Wanstead Flats
a mirid bug Liocoris tripustulatus Capel Road garden
a mirid bug Stenotus binotatus Wanstead Park, 9 June and 27 June 2007
a mirid bug

Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus

Sewage Works site
a mirid bug Heterotoma planicornis Capel Road garden, 8 July 2007
a mirid bug Plagiognathus arbustorum (?) Capel Road garden
Shield and Brassica Bugs Heteroptera  
Shield Bug Coreus marginatus Capel Road garden, Wanstead Park
Shield Bug Gonocerus acuteangulatus (?) City of London Cemetery
Shield Bug Myrmus miriformis Wanstead Park
Tortoise Bug Eurygaster testudinaria Wanstead Flats on 11/05/09
Bishop's Mitre Aelia acuminata Wanstead Park, Sewage Works
Sloe Bug Dolycoris baccarum Wanstead Park, 27 June 2007

Woundwort Shield Bug

Eysarcoris fabricii Common in Capel Road garden
Green Shield-bug Palomena prasina Common - col, gdn, wp

Forest Shield Bug

Pentatoma rufipes Capel Road garden
Brassica Bug Eurydema oleracea Wanstead Flats, 26 April 2007
Hawthorn Bug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale City of London Cemetery
Juniper Bug Elasmostethus tristriatus City of London Cemetery, 16 September 2008
Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea Wanstead Park by OW on Alder, 6 October 2008
Homopteran Bugs Homoptera  
Leafhopper Lassus lanio Common in grassland and gardens

American Leaf Hopper

Graphocephala fennahi Common in City of London Cemetery
Beetles Coleoptera  
Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelopipedus Wanstead Park, 5 July 2003
Devil's coach-horse Ocypus olens On the Plain in Wanstead Park 23/09/01
Darkling Beetle Cylindronotus laevioctostriatus (?) Wanstead Flats on 24 April 2007.
Darkling Beetle Eledona agricola Capel Road garden, 11 June 2006
Summer Chafer Amphimallon solstitiale Wanstead Flats around oaks by Capel Rd.
Click Beetle Athous bicolor (?) Capel Road garden, 12 June 2006
Soldier Beetle Cantharis sp. (poss. figurata) Capel Road garden, 13 June 2006

Soldier Beetle

Cantharis sp. (poss. rustica) Sewage Works site, 2 June 2006

Soldier Beetle

Rhagonycha fulva Wanstead Park

Carpet Beetle

Anthrenus verbasci Capel Road house

Malachite Beetle

Malachius bipustulatus Sewage Works site


Endomychus coccineus Wanstead Park
Pine Ladybird Exochomus 4-pustulatus City of London Cemetery - many on 17/03/09
Orange Ladybird Halyzia 16-guttata Capel Road garden

22-Spot Ladybird

Psyllobora 22-punctata Capel Road garden
14-Spot Ladybird Propylea 14-punctata Capel Road garden 10/08/04
Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis Vey common everywhere
2-Spot Ladybird Adalia 2-punctata Common

10-Spot Ladybird

Adalia 10-punctata Capel Road garden
7-Spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata Common
Water Ladybird Anisosticta 14-punctata The Forest Pond, Gilbert's Slade, 10 May 2008
Mealworm Beetle Tenebrio molitor (?) Capel Road garden

Swollen-thighed Beetle

Oedemera nobilis Frequent in Wanstead Park; also in Capel Road gdn, Green Man Roundabout and elsewhere
Black-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa coccinea Wanstead Park
Common Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis City of London Cemetery, by the Birches, 13/05/08
a longhorn beetle Strangalia (Leptura) maculata Wanstead Park

Wasp Beetle

Clytus arietis Sewage Works
Rosemary Beetle Chrysolina americana On a nettle by Perch Pond, Wanstead Park, 6 October 2008
a flea beetle Altica sp. By the Ornamental Waters, Wanstead Park, 18 May 2006
Vine Weevil Otiorhynchus sulcatus Capel Road garden, 12 October 2007
Wasps Hymenoptera - Vespidae  


Vespa crabro Frequent in Wanstead Park; also Cemetery
Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris Capel Road garden

a digger wasp

Family Sphecid Wasps Wanstead Flats
a digger wasp Ectemnius sp. Capel Road garden on 9 June 2007; also in Wanstead Park
Bees Hymenoptera - various  

a leaf-cutter Bee

Megachile sp. Capel Road garden, 2000
Honey Bee Apis mellifera City of London Cemetery, 13 January 2008

Red-tailed Bumble Bee

Bombus lapidarius Wanstead Park

White-tailed Bumblebee

Bombus lucorum Wanstead Park; Cemetery

Common Carder Bee

Bombus pascuorum Wanstead Park

Buff-tailed Bumble Bee

Bombus terrestris Wanstead Flats, 19 April 2006
Wasps Hymenoptera - various  

a Parasitic Wasp

Gasteruption jaculator (?) Capel Road garden
an Ichneumon Wasp Amblyteles armatorius (?) Capel Road garden, 4 April 2007

an Ichneumon Wasp

Ophion luteus (?) Capel Road garden
an Ichneumon Wasp Pimpla hypochondriaca Capel Road garden
Sawflys Symphyta  
Iris Sawfly Rhadinoceraea micans Wanstead Park

a sawfly

Abia sericea (?) Capel Road garden
Rose Sawfly Arge orchropus Capel Road garden
a Sawfly Arge pagana (?) Capel Road garden, 7 June 2007

a Sawfly

Rhogogaster viridis Wanstead Park, 21 June 2007
a sawfly unidentified species (?) Capel Road garden
For Moths click here Lepidoptera
For Butterflies click here Lepidoptera  
Flies Diptera - various  
a caddis fly Mystacides longicornis Capel Road garden
St. Mark's Fly Bibio marci Common in Wanstead Park and on Wanstead Flats

a non-biting midge

Chironomus plumosus Wanstead Park
a soldier fly Chloromyia formosa Wanstead Park
a soldier fly Sargus bipunctatus (?) The Temple, Wanstead Park
Bee-fly Bombylius sp. Wanstead Park, 5 April 2008

horse fly

poss. Thereva nobilitata Wanstead Flats
a Dolichopod fly Poecilobothrus nobilitatus Capel Road garden
Hoverflies Diptera - Syrphidae  
a Hoverfly Melanostoma scalare gdn?, wp
a Hoverfly Platycheirus clypeatus (?) gdn, wp
a Hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicinctum gdn
a Hoverfly Chrysotoxum verralli sw
a Hoverfly Epistrophe eligans gdn, wf
a Hoverfly Epistrophe nitidicollis (?) gdn
a Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus col, gdn, wp
a Hoverfly Eupeodes luniger gdn, wf
a Hoverfly Meliscaeva auricollis gdn
a Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri gdn, sw? wf, wp?,
a Hoverfly Sphaerophoria rueppillii gdn
a Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta gdn?, wp
a Hoverfly Syrphus ribesii gdn
a Hoverfly Syrphus vitripennis (?) gdn, wp?
a Hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum gdn, sw? wp
a Hoverfly Eristalis arbustorum (?) gdn
a Hoverfly Eristalis intricarius wp
a Hoverfly Eristalis pertinax gdn
a Hoverfly Eristalis tenax gdn
a Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus gdn, sw, wp,
a Hoverfly Myathropa florea gdn, sw, wp
a Hoverfly Pipizella viduata gdn
a Hoverfly Volucella inanis gdn, wp?
a Hoverfly Volucella pellucens wp
a Hoverfly Volucella zonaria gdn, wp
a Hoverfly Syritta pipiens gdn
Flies Diptera - various  
a Conopid Fly Sicus ferrugineus Wanstead Park


Calliphora sp. Capel Road garden, wp


Lucilia caesar Capel Road garden

a Flesh Fly

Sarcophaga carnaria wp

a Tachinid Fly

possibly Tachina fera wp
a Tachinid Fly unknown species sw
Alderflies,Lacewings, etc. Neuroptera  
an Alderfly

Sialis lutaria

Green Lacewing family Chrysopidae Common
a Scorpion Fly Panorpa sp. wp