|Leaf cutter bee, Megachile lagopoda-Wikimedia|
Solitary bees make up over 90% of bee species. Unlike their better known communal cousins, every female is fertile creates its own family. They are commonly divided up into carpenter bees, leafcutter bees and mason bees. There are also sweat bees, polyester bees, squash bees, dwarf carpenter bees, alkali bees and digger bees. Way too much for my aged brain to encompass. Suffice it to say that lots of the little bee like things, visiting your flowers and plants are far more complicated than we can take on in a single story.
The message here is that they are an important part of our natural community. Many of these species depend upon holes in wood (think dead trees) for a nesting site. Guess what? In our world, most dead trees get cut down before woodpeckers, beetles and other natural recyclers create the holes they need for their families. This is where gardeners and other naturalist-minded people come in.
|A quick and dirty bee house - REK|
* If you are in the Springfield Missouri area, I can provide you with stems from the Springfield Botanical Gardens.