Solitary bee

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(Zool.) any species of bee which does not form communities.

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The Large Mason Bee is Britain's rarest solitary bee and is found only at two sites where it forages nectar from horseshoe vetch, bramble and bugle.
Most experts agree the key reason for the decline in honeybee, bumblebee and solitary bee numbers is the removal of the habitats they rely on for food to make way for intensive agriculture.
Solitary bees do not produce honey or wax, are relatively docile and not apt to sting.
Above, a female solitary bee (Svasta obliqua expurgata) on purple coneflower (Echinacea pupurea).
They shook out the swarm in confusion onto the board and watched until a solitary bee moved forwards towards the entrance.
He also finds toads feeding on sandhoppers along the strandline in Northumberland; a solitary bee that lays its eggs in empty snail shells; and Arctic terns, whose chicks have just three months to grow before undertaking their epic voyage to the Antarctic.
It said: "Three species of solitary bee have already become extinct and, of the 102 native species, 30 are considered to be under threat.
n Install bird feeders, bird, hedgehog and bat boxes, solitary bee and wasp nests, ladybird and lacewing homes, available from garden centres.
Help wildlife by providing additional features such as bird and bat boxes, solitary bee nests and bird feeders.