17th April 2015

Tawny Mining Bee– we have a lovely little colony of Tawny Mining Bees in the pebbly area of the garden. You can tell by the little ‘volcano’ of mud they build while tunnelling into the ground. Don’t worry if you have them in your grass or flower beds- they are harmless with only a very mild sting. They are one of 60 solitary mining bees¬†species in the uk. Tawny Mining Bees burrow into grass or ground, each hole being the

The little 'volcano' of dirt that indicates a Mining Bee

The little ‘volcano’ of dirt that indicates a Mining Bee

A female adult visits the nest- you can see why it is called 'Tawny Mining Bee'

A female adult visits the nest- you can see why it is called ‘Tawny Mining Bee’

This beautiful small bee is harmless and helpful in pollinating fruit trees and bushes

This beautiful small bee is harmless and helpful in pollinating fruit trees and bushes

entrance to a small tunnel to underground individual nursery cells. They produce a fluid to cement the tunnel so it doesn’t cave in. The female stocks each cell and egg with pollen and nectar to feed the young when they emerge. Once stocked like this, the female blocks the opening. They finally fly the next spring. The adults feed on currant and fruit trees in spring. Conditions: A cool, dry day with sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 12- Min 6c.

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