The Wool Carder Bee
The Wool Carder bee nests in holes in the ground, old wood bark and cut bamboo canes. It is a regular visitor throughout June, July and August to flower rich habitats that include coastal cliffs, sand dunes and roadside grass verges.
The Wool Carder is so named because it removes hairs from the stems of plants to build its nest.
Wool Carder Bee facts
Type: Solitary Bee
Location: All parts of Southern England and Wales.
Habitat: Nests are found in holes in the ground, wood bark and bamboo. canes.
Colour: Black with yellow markings across the abdomen.
Size: 11 to 13 millimetres.
Diet: Pollen and nectar.
On the wing: Late May to August.
Life expectancy: Less than 1 season. 10 -12 weeks.