The Red Mason Bee

Each week in the “All about Bees” section of the website we will be featuring a different common UK bee that frequently visits our gardens and open spaces where wild flowers and plants grow. This week our chosen bee is The Red Mason.

The Red Mason Bee

The Red Mason is a small bee which nests in hollow plant stems, in holes in cliffs, and in the crumbling mortar of old buildings. It is found in towns, cities and villages throughout England, Wales and lowland Scotland. The Red Mason is a solitary bee so, after mating, each female will build its own nest which she line with mud and pollen.

Her nest is divided in to a number of cells. In each cell the female Red Mason will lay an egg. By late autumn all the larvae will have hatched and spun a cocoon in which each will hibernate over the winter months. The young Adult Red Mason Bee will exit the cocoon and the nest in search of food the following spring before then mating and repeating the life cycle all over again.

Red Mason Bee facts

Type: Solitary Bee

Location: England, Wales and Lowland Scotland.

Habitat: Plants stems, cliffs and old brickwork.

Colour: Body covered with gingery hairs, some black markings.

Size: 9 to 14 millimetres.

Diet: Pollen and nectar.

On the wing: End of March to early July.

Life expectancy: Female (10 – 12 weeks) Male (2-3 weeks.)

To download your copy own copy of our Red Mason Bee Fact Sheet just click on the thumbnail image below! 

 

 

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Phil Bracegirdle

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