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 I had ‘trained’ to grow up against the garden fence.
I have waited and waited to find and film a solitary bee cutting her nesting material, Patience paid off!
She carried on and on using this plant. I was really impressed even as we got later into the month. She survived for some time and I have filmed her every day for my next video, due shortly.
According to BWARS these bees generally fly until August. This one is the exception!
Not sure which bees you have?
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