A good year for solitary bees?

Well, so far anyway. The Tawny mining bees (Andrena fulva) Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) emerged from the lawn, creating the usual mini-volcanoes, a couple of weeks ago, and they have now been joined by Red mason bees (Osmia bicornis), Red mason bee (Osmia bicornis) Early mining bees (Andrena haemorrhoa), [update – I gather this is A. nitida not A. haemorrhoa] Mining bee (Andrena haemorrhoa?) Chocolate mining bees (Andrena carantonica), Mining bee - Andrena carantonica Grey mining bees (Andrena cineraria), Grey mining bee (Andrena cineraria) and others that I can’t identify.

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