British bees, mining bee nests, mining bees, solitary bee nests, solitary bees, tiny piles of dirt
I can’t take the credit for the title of today’s post: by sheer coincidence, after returning from a walk with photos of these tiny dirt mountains, I spotted a tweet about the mini volcanoes of the bee Andrena fulva, and it seemed a very appropriate description. Mine may not be the work of that same bee species but they do indicate where solitary bees have dug out nest burrows for their young. I’m not sure whether these bee volcanoes are from newly hatched bees emerging from their winter nests or these volcanoes have only recently been excavated for the adult bees to lay this year’s eggs.
Another fascinating post once again, thank you.
Also, re your recent Osprey post – some of the local ones have returned. The local Cumbria Wildlife Trust has a camera on one of the nests which is at Foulshaw Moss. If you’re interested it should be available via this link https://youtu.be/217axHCRVcs or via the Trust website.
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Thanks for the webcam link – I’ll definitely check it out. Webcams are great, aren’t they? Perfect for getting people interested in nature without intruding on the lives of the creatures being watched. Also, a little bit addictive! 🙂