Solitary Bee

Many species of solitary bees within the scientific order Hymenoptera

Solitary bee
Solitary bee

Host Plants:

Where Found:

Worldwide in most temperate climates


Solitary bees often look very similar in appearance to honey bees, but they have 'pollen brushes' under their abdomens instead of the 'pollen baskets' that social bees have on their legs.

Beneficial Because:

All species of solitary bees are very effective pollinators, so they should be encouraged into gardens.

Food and Habitat:

Solitary bees usually feed on nectar from flowers. As their name suggests, they do not live in colonies but live a solitary life. Depending on the species, the female solitary bee will either dig a tunnel in the ground, a brick wall or in wood, or create a void within a plant stem to make a nest.

Attracting More:

Grow a succession of flowering plants that produce plenty of pollen and nectar. Avoid growing double-flowered varieties of ornamental plants as these limit the bees' ability to collect pollen and nectar. Sections of bamboo cane, tied into bundles and positioned around a garden will often provide suitable nesting sites for solitary bees.

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