Llanelli Naturalists Newsletter - October 2001 - No 67
Ian Morgan

Another aculeate (bees & wasps) that is rapidly spreading (possibly due to climatic change) is the bee wolf which, until only a decade or so ago, was regarded as a mega-rarity that was virtually confined to sand-hills at Deal in Kent.  Since c.1985 it has spread northwards and westwards and it was first recorded in Carmarthenshire in 1999. This year I was fortunate to discover a colony on a low, eroding ‘mini-cliff’ at the north end of the northernmost ‘new’ beach at Machynys SS503985 (13 July and subsequently).  They could be seen carrying hive bees (as prey, hence ‘bee wolf’) back to their burrows.