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Tawny Mining Bee

A pollinator mining in the ground


It is a furry, ginger-coloured bee that superficially looks like a honeybee. The bees appear in our gardens in April and can be spotted by the presence of small mounds of earth on sandy plots, which depict the entrances to their subterranean nests where the female bees can lay their eggs and the young bees can develop before emerging the following year. The bees are useful pollinators of garden plants.