The tenth and final part of the Bees, Wasps and Ants Provisional Atlas series. This series was always intended to cover the British species in ten parts and whilst this part covers some species that are widespread and common it also includes some that are restricted to the Channel Islands, as well as some that have only been recorded from Britain on a few occasions.
Although some species of dryinid, together with a couple of bethylids and our single embolemid, have been covered in earlier parts, it is unlikely that all remaining species can be covered. The fact is that these families remain a highly specialised group, with very few recorders collecting them and even fewer able to identify them. There are several options being considered to deal with them. Whatever their fate, one thing is certain – the editors will not be publishing a single volume updating all the maps.
With rapidly changing distributions and growing interest in studying aculeates leading to improved knowledge of their biology it is clear that the internet presents the best medium to disseminate this knowledge. As the atlas series draws to a close the editors shall provide updated species accounts on the society’s website (www.bwars.com). Together with distribution maps, which can be viewed there already, this will provide the best means of keeping the species accounts current.