This Solitary Bee is getting Nectar from a Cone flower.
Bumble Bee on a Tomato Blossom, carrying Pollen on its leg.
Rear view of a Solitary Bee.
is a Honey Bee, similar to those that are kept in Hives for Honey.
Here a Solitary Mother Bee is sealing her babies in their nursery with
bits of leaves to protect them from predators and weather. They will stay
there until next Spring when they chew their way out.
One of the GardenGrapevine.com experimental Solitary Bee Houses with various
sized holes, orientations and hanging heights to determine which is most
attractive to Solitary Bees searching for a home. In searching, they seem
to "Buzz" a hole to determine by the echo, if a hole is suitable, before
actually landing and going into the hole. Buy
If you have ever watched a Honey
Bee or Bumble Bee, you probably noticed that they spend a lot of time flying
around, relative to the time they actually spend collecting Pollen and
Nectar. If you study Solitary Bees, you will find them to be more efficient.
They spend much more time on the job.
They are not social like Bees
and Wasps where individuals contribute to building nests and tending brood.
Neither are they as aggressive and inclined to sting. Each Solitary Mother
prepares a nest and tends her Larvae by herself.
Since the wild Honey Bees have
been declining due to disease and predation, their actual value as Nature's
Pollinators has diminished markedly. Unless you have a Hive nearby, you
may want to attract the more efficient Solitary Bees to your Garden to
improve your harvest.
Unlike Honey Bees, Solitary Bees
do not require any supervision, feeding, or medication from a Beekeeper.
All they need is a protected hole to raise their young. But neither do
they make Honey.
Any piece of wood that can have
a 5/16" diameter hole drilled 5 inches deep and positioned with the hole
horizontal will attract Solitary Bees. Fasten the House under a protected
roof or shelter from 3 to 6 feet above the ground. Do NOT use Pressure-treated
Wood ! We sell
Solitary Bee Houses HERE