Other solitary garden bees

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

Red Mason bee, Osmia bicornis, Osmia leaiana cocoons and a leafcutter bee cell to compare Lined next to each other for comparison, with the pesto bee! Osmia leaiana cocoon left inside its cell in situ and the other two added. As with other solitary bee cocoons, usually the female is larger than a male, depending upon […]

Managing Solitary bees in my garden I am regularly asked why do I manage my solitary bees instead of just leaving them outdoors like most other people inside their bee house. I find it absolutely fascinating, educational and interesting. I have learnt so much about their ecology, foraging, species using them, nesting, biology and the […]

Tough little Osmia leaiana sits it out till Late Oct 2016 In 2012 I had my last Osmia leaiana nesting at my new address although I made the film the year after. Her offspring never made it and I opened the cocoons to see why, late July 2013. Most of them were dead but a few […]

Osmia leaiana making very late nest site The warm September weather certainly helped my little Osmia leaiana with her nest site inside one of my solitary bee observation nest boxes.  I was wondering where she was collecting her nesting material from and eventually I found out exactly. A Cotoneatser Hortizontalis plant growing in my garden, that […]

Reasons to remove your solitary bee nest boxes 1. Parasitoids wasps, e.g. Monodontomerus This Nurturing Nature Orchard solitary bee nest box was completely full of Red Mason bee larvae, when in my own garden a short while after this photograph was taken. The larvae inside become the target for Monodontomerus wasps that actively seek out the bee […]

Will the UK retain the neonicotinoid moratorium post-brexit? By Prof. Dave Goulson With thanks to Prof. Goulson for permission to use this article. Original here A couple of weeks ago the Society of Chemical Industry held a meeting in London to discuss “Are neonicotinoids killing bees?” As you might guess from the name of the people organising […]

Are honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees safe from the Asian Hornet? The Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina, or yellow legged hornet, is the first invasive predator of honeybees and has now arrived in the UK. It is known to have caused serious problems for European honeybees Apis mellifera. Hives provide a large food resource, concentrated in a small area. As […]

Probably Osmia leaiana or a ‘pesto bee!’ A medium sized summer bee which has a bright orange pollen collecting brush (scopa) on her underside abdomen. It is also known as the Orange-vented Mason bee. As she does not use pieces of leaf (Leafcutter bee) or mud (Red mason bee) to make her brood cells, she uses masticated plant […]

Early mining solitary bee nest site National Wildflower Centre Liverpool video Probably one of the earliest solitary bees to emerge, Andrena clarkella. On this lovely March afternoon (14th) there were far more males than females. Most of the nest sides were south of the large tree trunk, in full sun and along the bare soiled […]

Red and Blue mason bees nesting in same nest box With Red mason bees and Blue mason bees living together in the same Nurturing Nature solitary bee observation nest box, it’s like Liverpool and Everton supporters living together, which is great!! Besides Red masons, 2 species of leaf cutter bee, Osmia Leaiana and wool carder bees (2016) […]