The Ivy Bee emergence is now reaching a peak. Today I watched a huge colony in the base of a cliff at Branscombe near Sidmouth. As the midday sun warmed the slope hundreds of males began patrolling the slope. Several new females emerged from their burrows and were immediately pounced on by several males and a mating pair eventually emerged from the scrum. They female then carried the male off to a quieter spot to mate in peace.