I Tweeted (@treeruss) the above photo to advertise yesterday's bee walk and it happens to feature the first bee we saw.  This is a male Hairy Yellow-Face bee Hylaeus hylinatus. It's tiny, less than 6mm! Yesterday's male was a bit dozy, presumably due to the cold weather. It soon warmed up in the glass tube I used to show if to the assembled bee enthusiasts befi=ore we let it go back to looking for a female.

We also saw Buff Tailed bumble bees, Common Carder bees, an Andrena mining bee I've yet to identify and mining bee nests with the cautious occupiers poking their heads out!

Next Hackney wild bee event: Thurs 16th June 6pm Clissold House.

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