The weather is warming up and spring is here.
That means, if you haven’t done already, you should start to see solitary bees emerging during April and May. After which they will mate and the females will return to the hive and lay their own eggs.
Our Ecologist, Chantal Brown talks through the fascinating facts and stats of the solitary bee so you can look out for them and understand what’s happening in your garden.
What’s different about a solitary bee?
There are more than 250 species of solitary bees in the UK? None of them produce honey and none of them have a sting. So they are really good for children to observe close -up and you don’t have to worry about your dog or your cat getting stung.
There are different types of solitary bee. And you can tell which type they are by looking at how they seal off the tubes of a solitary bee hive unit. Some of them use leaf and they will use the leaves in your garden by cutting out with their mouth, little circles and sticking them together using their saliva.
Other solitary bees will use mud that they will take up in their mouth from the ground. And then you have tunnelling solitary bees which will tunnel down into your lawn
If you would like to read more about solitary bees, take a look at our online guide here