Bumblebee Identification Guides
Crash course in bumblebee identification_2015 This crash course in bumblebee identification is now available as a pdf guide. It is intended to help beginners start identifying Irish Bumblebees. It is 1.5MB in size.
Irish bumblebees 1 (2015) This pdf guide is 1.6MB in size
Irish bumblebees 2 (2012) This pdf guide is 1.2MB in size
These files contain a series of images of Irish bumblebees, and have been developed as an identification guide. Photographs will first appear unlabeled so that you have the option to test your identification if you wish. Huge thanks to all those who have generously allowed their photographs to be included in the guides.
B. lucorum and B. terrestris This pdf guide is 1.3MB in size. Bombus lucorum (White-tailed bumblebee) and B. terrestris (Buff-tailed bumblebee) are both very common in Ireland, but can be difficult to distinguish. This guide provides advice on how to identify queens, workers and males.
Solitary bee Identification Guides
Simple guide to solitary bees in Ireland_ part 1 (2016) This pdf guide is 1.1MB in size
Simple guide to solitary bees in Ireland_ part 2 (2016) This pdf guide is 2.4MB in size
Simple guide to solitary bees in Ireland_part 3_Nomada (2013) This pdf guide is 2.1MB in size
Simple guide to solitary bees in Ireland_part 4_Andrena females (2015) This pdf guide is 2.3MB in size
Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme
Tutorial – how to use the online system to submit monitoring data This pdf guide is 2.5MB in size
Hoverfly Identification Keys
StN keys for the identification of adult European Syrphidae (Diptera):
Hoverfly Identification Guides
Simple-guide-to-4-Irish-hoverfly-species (2013) This pdf guide is 850KB in size. It is a simple guide to four Irish species that can be identified in the field with care
Hoverflies that mimic bumblebees (2013) This pdf guide is 769KB in size. It is a simple guide to 10 Irish hoverflies that mimic bumblebees
Beginners guide to Irish hoverflies July 2015 This is a comprehensive guide to hoverflies in Ireland. It is intended to help make the group more accessible to beginners. It is 5MB in size.