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Red-tailed Mason Bee (Osmia bicolor) I featured this nationally rare and notable species of bee quite recently, with a little information and a third-party video.<br />
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However, after spotting a female in mid-air with debris, I carefully followed her flight path to find her putting the last few pieces of a protective cover over her recently completed snail-shell nest.<br />
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It took a while but I eventually found a suitable angle to film events without disturbing her, the results of which you can watch below, accompanied by a much more detailed commentary.<br />
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This was a special afternoon.<br />
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Red-tailed Mason Bee (Osmia bicolor)

I featured this nationally rare and notable species of bee quite recently, with a little information and a third-party video.

However, after spotting a female in mid-air with debris, I carefully followed her flight path to find her putting the last few pieces of a protective cover over her recently completed snail-shell nest.

It took a while but I eventually found a suitable angle to film events without disturbing her, the results of which you can watch below, accompanied by a much more detailed commentary.

This was a special afternoon.


    comments (4)

  1. Excellent coverage, you're like a wildlife detective! Posted 14 days ago
    1. Wildlife defective, more like! Posted 14 days ago
      1. Both :) Posted 13 days ago
        1. Sounds fair enough to me... Posted 13 days ago

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"Osmia bicolor" is a Palearctic species of bee in the genus "Osmia". It is outstanding amongst other megachilid bees in that it nests in empty snail shells.

Species identified by Philip Booker
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By Philip Booker

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Uploaded Jun 12, 2022. Captured May 18, 2022 15:28 in 163 Thorndean Rd, Brighton BN2 4HF, UK.
  • DSC-RX10M4
  • f/4.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO125
  • 198.21mm