British Bees

British Bees on Wild About Britain includes the latest bee news from across the UK, hundreds of bee photos in our image gallery, dozens of bee, honey and hive conversations in our insect forums, a directory of British bee-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on everything from Wool Carder and Blue Mason Bees to the Red-tailed Bumble Bee and the common Honey Bee.

Encyclopedia of British Bees

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Leaf-cutter Bee Megachile centuncularis

The underside of the Leaf-cutter Bee's abdomen is orange.

Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum

The Common Carder Bee is most notable for its completely ginger thorax, which is unlike any... more

Red Mason Bee Osmia rufa

Small solitary bee, body covered in orangey-red hairs. Female has two small 'horns' on face (... more

Identification of British Bees

Osmia rufa
Bombus monticola
Megachile willughbiella
Andrena carantonica