90% of all bees are solitary and don’t work in a hive or colony

Solitary bees make up the largest percent of the bee population, with 90% of bees being in the solitary category.

There are about 250 species of Solitary bee in Great Britain and 20,000 – 30,000 different species worldwide, including mason bees, leafcutters, mining bees, white faced bees, carder bees, digger bees and many more.

As the name suggests, Solitary bees are lone bees, which means they do not belong to a colony.

Only the female Solitary bee has a sting which is very feeble compared to other bees and will only ever sting you if you handle them roughly or pose a threat to them. Being loners, Solitary bees fly around by themselves and do not attack in swarms or groups like some other types of bees.

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