Solitary Bee Observation Box

New! HimidiBee Red Mason Bee cocoon storage  Bed down your hibernating Red Mason bee cocoons in the exclusively designed Crown Bees HumidiBee Specially imported to the UK and now available here. Limited stock A compact, humidity-controlled case protects your slumbering mason bee cocoons throughout the winter. Stores easily in the refrigerator, which when set at 2-4°C […]

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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 […]

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 […]

A new solitary grass carrying wasp to look out for in your nest boxes? Isodontia mexicana, is a species of grass-carrying wasps, found in the United States. Notton states that c. 1940 it was accidentally imported into Hawaii, then c. 1960 southern France and now has spread into the Netherlands, Belgium and N. France. They use […]

A beautifully built stone solitary bee hotel I love the ingenuity, creativity, design and appreciate the effort some people put into making a solitary bee nest. I came across this one recently when visiting a showpiece garden which itself contained a busy garden centre. The nest site is beautiful and comes very near the top of my […]

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 […]

Pink rose petals for this leafcutter bee’s cell! I saw this pink blur out of the corner of my eye and investigated to find this beautiful pink rose petalled nest inside my solitary bee nest box, made by what is probably a patchwork leafcutter bee (Megachile centuncularis). Pink rose petals for this leafcutter bee’s cell not […]