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 Tawny Mining Bee.

The Tawny Mining Bee

This furry, ginger coloured bee is very common in gardens and city centres across England and Wales. The male Tawny Bees are very different in appearance to the females. They are much slimmer and have fewer orange and brown hairs.

The Tawny Mining Bee make their nests in soil. You will know if Mining Bees are nesting in your school grounds or gardens because you will see small volcano shaped mounds on the ground. If you have these near you, look for a small hole at the top of each mound. This is the entrance to a nest with up to 5 chambers with each situated 20-30 centimetres below ground.

Tawny Mining Bees can be seen outside from early July until late June when they will spend a lot of their time visiting Pear, Cherry and Apple trees to collect pollen and nectar.

Tawny Mining Bee facts

Type: Solitary Bee

Location: All parts of England and Wales. Rarely seen in Scotland.

Habitat: Nests are found in lawns, flower beds and mown banks.

Colour: Ginger coloured with dark orange hairs.

Size: 10 to 12 millimetres.

Diet: Pollen and nectar.

On the wing: Early April to late June.

Life expectancy: Male (2-3 weeks), Female (8-10 weeks)


To download your own copy of our Tawny Mining Bee fact sheet just click on the image below.