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Solitary bees

What is the difference between bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees?

Species

There are about 200 different types of solitary bee in UK.

Nesting

Unlike wasps and bumblebees they do not live in a colony but as individuals. However they sometimes live in the same convenient area, like people in blocks of flats, so a few can be seen together. They like a well drained part of a lawn or the soft mortar on a brick wall or the ends of hollow plant stems.

Behaviours

These bees lay an egg in a small hole, provide it with pollen and leave it to fend for itself. After repeating this many times it will die. Their life span is generally only a few weeks. They are extremely good pollinators and unlikely to sting.

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