About SOLITARY BEES - The lone bees that pollinateThe UK has many species of solitary bee, every one a precious pollinator
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SOLITARY BEES live and work in single nest cells
Solitary bees do sting, but the sting is not very powerful and the bees are not aggressive. As they live alone they will never gang up to attack and rarely even bother to guard their own nests.
What does a Solitary Bee look like?
The Red Mason bees are the most common, nesting in cracks in walls. Tawny Mining bees nest in holes dug underground. Leaf Cutter Bees nest in any hole they can find, above or below ground.
Many species of solitary bees are efficient pollinators, some being specialised in pollinating certain plants.
How to help the Solitary Bee
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
You can find out more about our native solitary bees by visiting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website