solitary bees

I have a little colony of these in the front garden in very sandy soil behind a retaining wall. They have now appeared in the back lawn as well. 

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 Playing peek a boo with the camera.

It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,247

    Nice fb. I've never managed to get a pic of one in residence.

  • Looks like a bumblebee ? Very nice anyway.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    How wonderful, congratulations, and thank you for the picture.  We have one that has lived under a rock in our once upon a time alpine bed for several years - or if not the same one, each year there is one - no idea how long they live.  Never been able to take a picture though, that's great. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,256

    This is the only time we have got a picture. The first time I noticed them I thought someone was jabbing the front garden with a pencil. Very round exit holes.

    Then when forking out weeds I put the fork through a few and suddenly I had bees everywhere.  Ther are not bumble bees.  Red and furry . Not around for long, 6 weeks at most.

    This year I thought I had a wierd hoverfly. It turns out to be a beefly which predates on the solitary bees, laying its egg in the bees nest, so the beefly larvae eat the bees larvae.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Yes, heard about this on springwatch this week - nature certainly has its ways huh?

    Glorious weather for gardens again, off out there now. 

  • Gillian53Gillian53 Posts: 112

    I'm not sure but I think the pic's of a ground nesting solitary bee, They make little 'volcanoes'  when they burrow down. Think they like a light,sandy soil.

    We have solitary bee houses on our sunny wall and once again, nearly every tube has been used and sealed. The bees underbellies are covered in bright yellow pollen on their return to the box which I think comes from a field of buttercups nearby.The boxes are right by the back door so every time I have a cuppa I put my glasses on and spend ages just watching them. Think We have Red and Blue Mason bees but also some that seem to be able to make perfectly round holes in the brickwork.( Only a few, so not a prob).

     

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 852

    fidgetbones, Ive been trying to esablish if the bees ive seen in my garden are nesting or not. I hope you are able to enjoy your bees.

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