Monday 8 April 2024

Solitary Bees in the Library Garden

 Just back from a little stroll to the library garden, the one saved by the "Stop the Chop" campaign back in 2022. It has become a lovely little space, with a wildlife pond currently under construction, and with a spot of sun in the late afternoon, it is a wonderful place to spot pollinators.

Recently it has become busy with solitary bee species. 

In the last few days I have seen early mining bees, nomad cuckoo bees (too hard to photograph!), the characterful and also hard to photograph hairy footed flower bees, and also grey patched mining bees, a species I've never seen before but suddenly seem to be everywhere. 

"Have you lost something?" asked a passing Polish woman, as I rummaged around in the long grass looking at dandelions and forget me not. 

I do look strange sometimes, I suppose!


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 08.04.24


  1. Not ag all strange when you czn xspture shots like those. Great colours.

  2. Amazing closeups of those bees, thank you for sharing

  3. Lovely photos! Hope you didn't have your bum up in the air whilst rummaging! lol

  4. I've had trouble signing in, Si ... but hopefully this may work since a text box has finally appeared. Your bees are magnificent. We have seen wonderful ones out and about, esp. at Sutton Hoo, but not so many in the garden ... yet.