Planet PhD

Planet Bee-hD #3: Solitary Bees

April 2, 2019

Today we’re talking about the unsung heroes of bee world – solitary bees. Did you know there are 250 species of solitary bee in the UK alone? We talk about what ‘solitary’ means for bees, how these bees differ from the well-known honey bee and bumble bees, some of the amazing ways in which they nest and how important they are for pollination.

We also answer listener questions including – are solitary bees lonely? Do they sting? What is haplodiploidy? And (of course) do they make honey? Rounding up, we discuss how everyone can help solitary bees, and look forward to our next episodes of Planet Bee-hD.


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Find out lots more about solitary bees in the amazing Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland (2015) by Steven Falk, which we reference several times in this episode.