There are over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK alone. Here are just a few of them, shared by our friends on Twitter. If you have solitary bee photos you’d like to share, join in with our monthly #solitarybeehour.
A word to the wise - look out for little "volcanos" of loose soil appearing on your garden or lawn; They could be solitary bee nests!
Shared by Ed Phillips on Twitter
On the wing from March to July, the Orange Tailed Mining Bee is common in many habitats, even in urban areas.
Shared by Michael Hoit on Twitter
The latest solitary bees you’re likely to spot in the year, you can probably guess where you’re most likely to find the Ivy Bee!
Shared by Sophie Cooper on Twitter
The Tormentil Mining Bee (Andrena Tarsata) is so-called because of its dependency on Tormentil flowers. Found across much of Wales but is scarce and considered a priority species for conservation.
Shared by Buglife Wales on Twitter.
Hairy Yellow-Faced Bee on Oxeye Daisy. The tiny 3.5mm males are one of the smallest of UK bees. Hylaeus hyalinatus.
Shared by Phil Savoie on Twitter.
Mining bee easily identified by the beautiful rust coloured hairs on the tip of her abdomen.
Shared by Brigit Strawbridge on Twitter
These little bees are superb pollinators and are one of the first solitary bee species to emerge in the Spring, rapidly flitting between flowers.
Shared by Rachel Scopes on Twitter
One of the first solitary bees to emerge in spring. People often confuse them for small bumblebees, although their quick darting flight motion is a good way to tell them apart. Found in urban greenspaces, parks, gardens and woodlands, nests tend to be shallow hollows in soft mortar, cob walls, soil and soft cliff faces.
Shared by Kate Bradbury on Twitter
The Andrena (Mining) Haemorrhoa is a widespread, spring-flying species. Females have a bright, foxy-coloured covering of hairs on the thorax and a similarly-coloured tuft of hairs at the tip of the abdomen, which is otherwise almost completely hairless and shining black.
Shared by Ashley Cox on Twitter