Solitary Bees

Solitary Bees

 

representatives of the superfamily of bees that lead a nonsocial manner of life. There are some 2,000 species, found throughout the world.

In all species, the female cares for the young. The bees build their nests in the earth, in wood, or in hollow stalks or from clay, pieces of leaves, and so forth. The female fills every cell of the nest with a mixture of pollen and nectar and then lays an egg in the cell and seals it. Parasitic solitary bees lay their eggs in the cells of other species that have already been filled. All species are beneficial as plant pollinators.

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The assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), which looked at the impact on wild solitary bees and bumblebees as well as honeybees, has confirmed that most uses of the chemicals pose a risk to the insects.
The assessment by the European Food Safety Authority looked at their impact on wild solitary bees and bumblebees as well as honeybees.
For the new assessments, which this time cover wild bees bumblebees and solitary bees as well as honeybees, EFSAs Pesticides Unit carried out an extensive data collection exercise, including a systematic literature review, to gather all the scientific evidence published since the previous evaluations.
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A GIFT for nature lovers or gardeners, the Beepot concrete planter and bee hotel combines a safe and stylish nesting site for solitary bees with space for pollinator planting.
Lacewing larvae and adult ladybirds and larvae will feast on aphids, while solitary bees may also hibernate in a bug box.
This handbook explains the natural history, ecology, and conservation of solitary bees that inhabit the British Isles, and provides a key to genera of bees in the region.
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HERB HAVEN GROW herbs like rosemary, which is attractive to bumble bees and solitary bees, while other herb garden favourites like lavender, sage, oregano and thyme all attract bees, butterflies and a host of other insects.
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