Wild flowers and solitary bees: a perfect combination. In the Netherlands, about 30% of all plants are on the Red List. It is about time we start protecting these plants a bit better and introduce them into our gardens. As they have evolved with our climate, they cope well with our unpredictable climate. Moreover, insects have evolved with them for so long and some have become totally dependent on a certain plant for their survival. Great plants for solitary bees are greater knapweed, chicory, knapweed, viper’s bugloss, marjoram, cornflower, bird’s-foot trefoil, wild carrot, wild mignonette, campanula species, wall germander, corn marigold, betony, motherwort and if you have room, you can grow white bryony but aware the berries are poisonous. Please see below a summary of the various bees i spotted in my garden.
Hylaeus bee – probably Hylaeus signatus as it was only feeding on reseda. This is a male as it has a large patch of white on the face.
Chelostoma rapunculi – female she collects pollen on her abdominal hairs which you can see on the second photo.
Anthidium manicatum, the striking yellow and black bee, this is a female:
Dasypoda hirtipes male
The lovely Andrena synadelpha she collects pollen on her hind legs and the white pollen seen is from the campanula.