Andrena tibialis (Allotment)

Another new bee for me slightly worn Andrena tibialis

A. tibialis is widespread but very localised in England north to Yorkshire. It is univoltine and typically flies from mid March to late May. A range of habitats can be used, including heathland, quarries, sandpits and other brownfield sites, chalk grassland and occasionally gardens. It forages from a variety of flowers and spring-blossoming shrubs….. Steven Falk

Garden Snails – Helix aspersa


Shell width is about 30mm. The Shell is light yellow-brown in colour, usually with extensive darker banding and blotching. Shell pattern, colour and size can be very variable. The umbilicus is completely sealed. The surface of the shell has a wrinkled texture. The flesh can be grey, grey-green, brown, or almost black. This snail is by far the most familiar to people – it is the archetypal garden snail. They eat a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and leaves. Lifespan is up to 5 years. When threatened, the snail creates many bubbles from its mantle to confuse predators. They can adapt to a wide range of conditions and are found in gardens, parks, fields, woodlands, dunes and vineyards. Helix aspersa are distributed across Europe and the Mediterranean and have been introduced to North America, South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand – they are the most widespread snail species.


Asiraca clavicornis (allotment) Locally rare

An unmistakeable species which was formerly more widespread in southern Britain but is now restricted mainly to the London area and Thames estuary, where it can be locally frequent in rough grasslands and wastelands. The reasons for this apparent decline are not clear; continuing records are important.

The extraordinary antennae and expanded leaf-like front legs are the most striking identification features.

Adult: All year
Length 3-4 mm