Osmia spinulosa (Cherry Hinton Chalk pit NR)

Osmia spinulosa

Found south of a line roughly between the Wash and the Severn, although more common in the south of this region. Overseas: Central and southern Europe.

Status (in Britain only)
This species is not regarded as being of conservation concern.

A widespread, although not always frequently found species. It is found in a range of open neutral or calcareous grassland habitats, provided that there are plenty of Asteraceae flowering and a degree of litter build-up around tussocks.This is where the snails, whose shells provide the nest site, live out their lives. Hay-cut and hard-grazed grasslands are not suitable for this bee.

Osmia spinulosa

I have a type of bee that I see in my garden that also nests in old snail shells. after my garden make over I will add old snail shells around the bushes etc to try and increase the nesting bees.

You can clearly see the compound eyes on this bee


One thought on “Osmia spinulosa (Cherry Hinton Chalk pit NR)

  1. I have a bee a bit like this coming on the same flower, I never thought it might be spinulosa, I’ll have to check my photographs. I have been leaving empty snail shells around the garden and checking them for a couple of years, to no avail. Amelia

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