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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 08.5 June 1997

The Enemy Within – Conopid flies as parasitoids of bees and wasps in Britain

By - D K Clements

Have you ever been out for an early-morning walk in the summer and noticed bumblebees, bedraggled and soaked with dew, languidly stirring on the stems of thistles? Did it occur to you that this was odd - surely bumblebees have nests to go to at night? Perhaps, like I once did, you thought that these bees had been caught out by sudden change in temperature or the weather, and had pitched up for the night outside the nest.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist