Pest Guides

Solitary Bee

Apis mellifera

Appearance

Solitary Bee
  • The Solitary bee’s appearance is often similar to that of the honey bee.

Lifecycle

  • Colony size: small bee hives which are individually tended by a female.
  • Preferred nest sites: often in soil, sometimes in soft cement and mortar between bricks.
  • Nest construction: the Solitary bee utilises various materials, and usually creates a new bee hive each year.

Habits

  • Swarming: the Solitary bee does not swarm.
  • Overwintering: usually in the pupal stage within the nest.
  • Food preferences: the Solitary bee prefers honey and pollen.
  • The Solitary bee rarely stings.

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