The warm spring sun seeps down onto the Cornish coastline, a field full of Vetch, Thrift and Everlasting Pea reflecting its light. The soft waves ripple up the rocky shore bordered by soft clay cliffs. Filled with holes, these cliffs are home to a very special type of bee. A small pile of dirt falls from one of the holes and a small face covered in white hair appears. The face continues to push out followed by a golden orange thorax and a grey/orange/black banded abdomen. From his head two beautifully long antenna extend and wave softly in the breeze. Stretching his wings, he buzzes quietly to the nearest Everlasting Pea (Lathyrus spp.) for his first meal. After feeding he is more energized and will now begin to search for a mate. Sensilla on his amazing antenna are used to detect a female’s pheromones and he will rocket about the landscape on his quest. A much declined bee, these amazing creatures need low intensity agriculture on flower rich grasslands near soft rock cliffs to survive.

Long-Horned Bee - Eucera longicornis