Other solitary garden bees

Solitary bees in wildlife garden other than red mason and leafcutters bees

25 flowers used by solitary bees for nectar and pollen Each one of the flowers is actually used by and in most cases, the bee is filmed actually foraging or has just finished foraging on it. All flowers were filmed in my garden, except for the parsnips growing on an allotment site where I was working. […]

Solitary bee pests presentation at Kew Gardens I had the privilege of giving a presentation to staff members, which included academics, researchers and students, at Kew Botanical Gardens. It was entitled “Is your bee hotel a nursery for pests and disease?” and loosely based on my article of the same name. –Review by Prof. Phil Stevenson, […]

Sapyga quinquepunctata? sleeping inside Nurturing Nature Nestbox BWARS states that Sapyga quinquepunctata is a cleptoparasite of solitary bees, including the Red mason bee (Osmia bicornis), O. leaiana, O. caerulescens (Blue Mason bee) and  O. aurulenta. Sapyga quinquepunctata is often found in my wildlife garden and resting inside my nest boxes. This is just one of […]

Would the male Wool carder bee attack the bumblebee on a string? After observing the frantic antics of a male wool carder bee and filming them. I saw it chase away butterflies, hoverflies, attack a male B. pratorum, a male solitary bee and closely inspect a wood chip on a string, what would happen if I […]

Hairy Yellow Face bee (Hylaeus hyalinatus) in my wildlife garden I must admit these bees are tiny and therefore very easily overlooked. When I got my ‘eye-in’, I had to use Steven Falk’s excellent book and his website to try to find what they were, so I may be wrong! Reading this book made me […]

The victorious gladiator male Wool carder bee. Watch this magnificent male Wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) as it fights, hassles, grapples, hovers, pounces, mates, patrols and chases other bees. It attacks a wood chip on a string, a male bumblebee and a male solitary bee on film. All in defence of its territory. Why expend so […]

Flowers that attract Wool carder bees  Wool carder bees, (Anthidium manicatum) are fascinating to watch. To encourage them into your wildlife garden plant these flowers, grab a brew and watch their fast and furious lives! This is a small selection of flowers that they use for nest material (hairs) and nectar. The males in particular […]

The Hive: Fortnightly findings Every fortnight we welcome special guests to The Hive to talk about bees and wild pollinators. Until 29 October (alternate Sundays). Event details Alternate Sundays 28 May – 29 October 2017 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm TALKS AND CONFERENCES       Venue:    Under The Hive Price: Free with entry to […]

The swinging log bee hotel! In all of the research, papers, etc., I have read about solitary bee nest boxes, they all state such bee nest boxes needed to be secure, fixed and stable when erected. Marc Carlton on his excellent web site, which I can thoroughly recommend “The Pollinator Garden”, states the same. The film […]

Win a Nurturing Nature Solitary Bee Observation Box  Simply take a photograph of pollinators: bees, wasps or hoverflies and submit to the Buzz Club….free entry, read below. A Hidden Buzz The theme for this July’s Buzz Club competition is ‘hidden or rarely noticed’ insects in our gardens and parks. Look closely, and there are dozens of bees, […]