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@doitsuki I managed to snap some pics of the bees I’m working on IDing currently :D (Apologies for the less-than-ideal quality, I’m not using a microscope camera, rather a camera through a microscope lol)

1 & 2 - Halictus sp

3, 4, 5 - Andrena sp. Two examples of the characteristic facial fovea (indents) visible between/above the eyes

6 & 7- hair pattern to distinguish between Lasioglossum (5) and Halictus (6). Lasioglossum has hair bands at the base of the tergum (segment), and Halictus has them on the rim. 

8- I had to take a picture of a stinger, you know I did. This one was Lasioglossum

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Loss of wild flowers across Britain matches pollinator decline

The first ever Britain-wide assessment of the value of wild flowers as food for pollinators shows that decreasing floral resources mirror the decline of pollinating insects, providing new evidence to support the link between plant and pollinator decline.

In recent years, there have been considerable concerns over threats to wild bees and other insect pollinators which are vital to the success of important food crops and wild flowers.

Amongst the many pressures facing pollinators, a key factor is likely to be decreasing floral resources in Britain. 

The study, published in Nature combines vegetation survey data recorded over the last 80 years with modern day measurements of nectar to provide the most comprehensive assessment ever published. 

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