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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.


 
Hairy Yellow-Faced Bee   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.

Hairy Yellow-Faced Bee

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.

Tormentil Mining Bee   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.

Tormentil Mining Bee

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.

Mining Bee   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

Mining Bee

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

 
Ivy Bee   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

Ivy Bee

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

Orange Tailed Mining Bee   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

Orange Tailed Mining Bee

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

Mining Bees   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

Mining Bees

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