Solitary Bee

Solitary Bee

Andrena fulva (Solitary Mining Bee)

Appearance

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  • Often look similar to the honey bee.

Lifecycle

  • Colony size - small nests which are individually tended by a female.
  • Preferred nest sites - often in sandy soil, sometimes in soft cement and mortar between bricks.
  • Although solitary, nests are often found near each other in villages in a suitable nesting area.
  • Nest construction - various materials. Usually a new nest each year.

Habits

  • Swarming - does not swarm.
  • Overwintering - usually in the pupal stage within the nest.
  • Food preferences - honey and pollen.
  • Rarely stings and is not aggressive.