The bee house in my garden has been inhabited by small wild bees, a genus of the Osmia species.
They are cousins of honeybees and have a characteristic rust-colored hairy body and do not bite and they only use their stingers in case of emergency.
We have information all over the world about the declining number of bee colonies for some unknown reason and about gardeners looking for alternatives, solutions and other animals that could successfully fill the fauna gaps in gardens. Osmia species are among the bees that can help.
These bees build nests of clay or sand mixed with saliva, but they can also nest in empty plant stalks, in the southern walls of buildings, wooden barns or bee hotels.
They have a short life of 7-8 weeks and start looking for food in early April.
The favorite food of wild bees are: fruit trees, orchards, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, dandelions, vetch and rapeseed.
Why do we need wild bees?
All wild bees contribute significantly to pollination and are even more effective than honeybees and bumblebees.
Thanks to bees pollination, we have 1/3 of the world's food production, including 4,000 different vegetables.
We can save them and create a friendly environment, a garden or make eco-hotels.