Northern Colletes bee (Colletes floralis)


Is that not a beautiful solitary bee , one of my favourite photos This is the rare and endangered Northern Colletes bee.

northern Colletes bee

This bee is active from mid June to late August . Despite showing preferences for the pollen of certain plants, which grow in the Machair. The machair refers to a fertile low-lying grassy plain found on some of the north-west coastlines of Ireland and Scotland, in particular the Outer Hebrides

It is a solitary bee, meaning that it nests on its own, without a colony of workers. This bee nests in the ground, sealing the nest with soil. Whilst the bee is solitary, the females nest in local aggregations digging burrows 20 to 26 cm deep. They produce a secretion from glands in their mouths which they use to coat the inside of the burrow before laying their eggs in sealed cells. Each cell contains a food reserve comprised of regurgitated nectar and pollen that will feed the larva and then support the pupa through the winter while the bee develops. In June, the male bees emerge first and fly around the nests waiting for the females to emerge, and for the lifecycle to begin again .


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