Tawny Mining Bee

Tawny Mining Bee

Observation - Tawny Mining Bee - UK and Ireland. Description: We were very intrigued by small solitary bees which kept visiting a particular area of lawn. Bees were very distinctive with bright orange thorax and lighter bands across abdomen; approx. 15mm length. I initially thought it was the same bee which kept ret

We were very intrigued by small solitary bees which kept visiting a particular area of lawn. Bees were very distinctive with bright orange thorax and lighter bands across abdomen; approx. 15mm length. I initially thought it was the same bee which kept returning and appeared to be searching among moss and grass. Sometime later I observed a bee land on small mound of earth and disappear down a burrow, hole aperture approx. 5mm diameter (photo 4). We then counted five ‘volcano’ shaped mounds of earth in small area and these appeared to be restricted to areas where grass was thinning and moss wasn't so prevalent. The following morning we noticed that all the holes had been covered over with fine soil (photo 11). We felt very lucky to see this wonderful little bee and learn about its life.