Other solitary garden bees

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

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) […]

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 A new bee hotel from Nurturing Nature and its guests This year I got a new bee hotel, kindly given to me by George Pilkington from Nurturing Nature. What a great present! His bee hotel design has removable wooden sides with glass covering the actual grooves in the wood, so that you […]

Solitary bees. The least known and forgotton pollinators  “We face a catastrophe in future years unless we act now. Wild pollinators need greater protection. They are the unsung heroes of the countryside, providing a critical link in the food chain for humans and doing the work for free that would otherwise cost British farmers £1.8bn to […]

What better, safer way to teach children about bees? I had a really interesting and enjoyable day recently, when beside meeting some lovely people, I was manning a stall displaying my nest boxes containing red mason bee larvae, at the Royal Entomological Society Insect Festival, York, early this month. A family of four stopped at my […]

Solitary bee inside nest cavity viewed through window Instead of using cut pieces of leaves as a solitary leafcutter bee does, in its ‘cigar’ style nest linings and unlike a Red mason bee, Osmia bicornis, that uses mud, this solitary bee uses masticated plant material to line the cells and separate them. I used a piece of […]

Mites on bee cocoons There were huge differences in the mite numbers on my red mason bee cocoons and Osmia leaiana bee cocoons,  all taken from my new solitary bee nest box. There were 1000’s on the red mason bee cocoons, with their pinkish plates and colourings (Chaetodactylus osmiae ?) which were mobile and crawling […]

“All my articles and videos, available free, are funded by my  teaching and sales of award winning bumblebee nest boxes, solitary bee boxes,  and wormeries. Please help by spreading the word and forwarding this link to your friends and colleagues. http://nurturing-nature.co.uk  Thank you” George Pilkington The Symmorphus bifasciatus wasp had finished laying her eggs, provisioning them and sealed them inside their cells. […]