Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis) life cycle updated 2016 video

January 16, 2016

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

Red Mason bee life cycle updated filming

New films and new editing. The complete life cycle of Red mason bees filmed in my wildlife garden, using my observation nest boxes, sprinkled with a little humour! I hope you like it!

The male is getting near the end of his hectic life. NB. Sparsely haired abdomen, a sure sign!

The male is getting near the end of his hectic life. NB. Sparsely haired abdomen, a sure sign!

Looking forward to 2016 and seeing what this year brings into my new wildlife garden, with primroses flowering since November and flowering daisies for 2 weeks!

See the antics of males… Rusty the Red mason bee video.

See also Red mason bees and nest sites,  requirements,  etc., article.

For more information about solitary bees visit BWARS

National Bee Unit (Food & Environment Research Agency) solitary bees info sheet

For info and link to buy an excellent book Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland by Steven Falk

An extremely useful resource supports this book by a special web site feature within Steve Falk’s Flickr web site which furnishes extra photos and other useful resources to assist with identification.

Thanks to A Vanbiervliet for above photo.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Pilkington January 19, 2016 at 9:35 am

Whats the blue tape for George ,on the edge of the hives ??


Steve Hull January 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

I’m a bit concerned about the quality of my mud as the soil is very sandy here in Forres though much of it I’ve improved quite a lot for vegetables etc. with compost over the years but it still has a basis of sand.

I’ve kept a tub of silt from my pond that I could leave out for them but that might not have enough body to it?Alternatively I could leave some well rotted horse manure or home grown compost out.

What do you suggest?

Cheers Steve.


nurturingnature February 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Will email you. Cheers George


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