The Red Mason Bee
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.)