Red mason solitary bees

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 […]

Win a Nurturing Nature Solitary Bee Observation Nestbox.. but hurry! Don’t miss out on your chance to win this amazing bee nesting box – join today and enter the prize draw to win one of Nurturing Nature’s award-winning bee nesting boxes. Nurturing Nature Ltd was established in 2000 by George Pilkington, who successfully integrates being […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Ichneumonid wasp investigating screw in solitary bee nest box! I saw this Ichneumonid wasp (Ephialtes manifestator?) using her antennae to feel the outside wooden casing of my orchard solitary bee nest box. This behaviour I have seen used by many other parasitoid wasps in the presence of their hosts, so I decided to keep an eye […]