First red mason bee to emerge 2014

March 27, 2014

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Gardening For Wildlife, Red mason solitary bees

 Very early emergence in my garden of male red mason bee (Osmia bicornis) (O. rufa)

This is most unusual in my garden as it is still only March, yet this brave little fellow emerged. The sun is now shining but it is still rather cold. After a few minutes warming sunning himself he flew off to some Bowles Mauve wallflowers a few feet away for his first taste of nectar! Good luck my little friend!

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Marian March 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Too early isn’t it George, Hav’nt attempted putting my cocoons outside yet. I do check them regularly! but it’s quite cold here.

I’ve been observing a large bumble entering a mouse hole in the ground and taking ages to emerge. So much for the cosy nest!!!

Also a large black bumble with orange rump. Can’t remember what it’s called but getting very drunk on the nectar in the daffodils!!



nurturingnature March 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Queens can be so particular!!! A drunken queen no wonder she has a red bottom!(B.lapidarius possibly) Very surprised re red mason… only one though others still to emerge. Still inside garage away from mice! Cheers George


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