Danny Gibson from Northern Ireland wrote in to share pictures of a leafcutter bee he had been watching in his garden. Thank you Danny!
by Danny Gibson
found a leafcutter in my garden this past summer, so I decided to put up a
bamboo solitary bee nest and see if I could get them to hang around.
I also got some lavender plants to give a good food source. Not long after
putting the nest up on the wall, I had three bees nesting!
Here are some pictures of the leafcutters on my lavender. I didn't realise how enjoyable it would be to encourage wild bee nests in my own garden.
My comment: Thank you Danny. Lovely photographs, and so glad to hear about your success with the solitary bee house. Bee houses are a great way to encourage solitary bees to nest in the garden.
Leafcutters are wonderful to watch too.