Osmia bicornis

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Megachilidae Notes
This lovely bee spent some time investigating a little insect house I have had up on a south-facing back wall of my house. It kept returning to have a look and - if it was the same one - also on the following day, although it is seen here on nearby honeysuckle.

Although this was the first time I had identified the species, I found that I had a photo of one taken on 11th April 2011, on nearby nettles in the garden.

The species is the most common of the mason bees, occuring over much of England. It uses pre-existing holes to nest in - hence its interest in my bee hotel.
Capel Road garden, 13 April 2016
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