Mining Bee

As the name suggests, these bees love to dig! If you have holes in your lawn with bees going in and out of them, then you have Mining Bees!

Every spring these bees turn up in garden lawns, triggering minor hysteria in the populace. Tawny Mining Bees are harmless. The female is one of our most attractive bees, with  lovely foxy red coloured hairs clothing its body. Andrena fulva makes its nest in loose soil, often in lawns. It makes a characteristic cone shaped mound of soil. The cones are created with the soil excavated by the bees as they dig out nest cells underground.

Unfortunatly, a Beekeeper will not be able to help you remove these bees. Try your best to leave them “bee”.

What use are solitary bees?

Many solitary bees are very efficient pollinators. In the UK, bees of the genus Osmia, known as orchard bees, are used for pollinating fruit trees. Also, a leafcutter bee is used to pollinate Alfalfa crops in North America and Australia.

It’s very likely that solitary bees are important for the pollination of many plants. Some species are quite specialized and have close connections with certain types of plants.

Do solitary bees sting? 

Yes, they can, but here’s the good news: Only the females sting and they have feeble stings. They will only attempt to sting you if roughly handled. Solitary bees live solitary life-styles, so they do not gang up on you in terrifying numbers. In fact they don’t gang up on you at all. They hardly bother to defend their own nests! In short, they are virtually harmless.

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