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It’s Solitary Bee Week this week

Logo: Solitary Bee Week

An annual week of action and education, to raise awareness about our incredible solitary bees running from 29th June to the 5th July 2020.

Shared by Ed Phillips on Twitter
Shared by Ed Phillips on Twitter

Although most people are aware of honeybees and bumblebees, solitary bees are the unsung hero of the pollinating world. With over 240 species in the UK alone, they make up 90% of the bee population and along with other pollinating animals are responsible for one third of all the food we eat.

Solitary bees don’t produce honey or wax, they don’t live in hives and they don’t swarm. Solitary bees come in all shapes and sizes.

Solitary bees generally emerge from their nests in the spring ready for the mating season. The males emerge first and, after feeding, wait around the nest for the females to emerge. Once mating is complete, the males die fairly quickly - what a life! The females then go on to start the process of nesting, selecting a suitable site to lay their eggs.

Pollinators, such as solitary bees, are responsible for around a third of all the food we eat. For some crops, wild insects such as solitary bees are considered the most effective at pollinating flowers.

Find out how you can get involved with the week to raise awareness of these amazing bees at https://www.solitarybeeweek.com/

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