European Orchard Bee
Freshly hatched in our bee hotels and already mating for the next brood. At the moment they are still bringing pollen and refilling their holes with mud, once they lay their new larvae inside. We are proud of our personal bee brood this year!
''Osmia cornuta'', the European orchard bee, is a species of bee in the genus ''Osmia'' found in southern and central Europe, north to Belgium, and the southern parts of the Netherlands. The first record of this bee in Great Britain occurred in 2017. They are of the solitary type; they do not live in colonies in hives like bumble bees and honey bees. They lack the pollen baskets on their hind tibiae; they do not produce honey, but they do use the pollen and nectar to stock their nests when they.. more