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Solitary bees

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 3 Comments
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Solitary bees live and rear their offspring on their own. The females are all fertile and make their own small nests. There are about 250 solitary bee species in Britain, 24 bumble bees and 1 honey bee. When it comes to pollination these bees are just as important as the well know colony forming bees as solitary bees are very good pollinators, according to studies one solitary bee can do the job of 20 or more honey bee. Around 90% of the bees in the world are solitary, living their life on their own as single bees. The first bees appear in the garden in early spring are the mining bees. They called mining bees because they make their nests in the ground, usually on soft, sandy soil or along paths where there is not too much vegetation. They are very similar in appearance to the honey be

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