Osmia bicornis (Red mason bee)♀︎

Last update: 30 November 2019


LOCATION: Krimpen aan den IJssel, garden


In the springtime it’s always very busy on and around the bee hotels. Bees fly to and fro inspecting or filling nesting spots. There are the occasional neighbor fights in which fighting bees fall tumbling out the sky, or females are ambushed by eager males and either quickly fly away or fall towards the ground before taking off. Some spiders will try to take advantage of these rush hours by placing a strategic trap.

This Red mason bee (Osmia bicornisflew away from the bee hotel only to end up in a web just below it.

Red mason bee in web
(Osmia bicornis)

Fortunately for the bee the spider did not show any interest and remained where it was. After some time tossing and turning the bee broke free and continued it business.



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