Name: Red Mason Bee
Scientific name: Osmia rufa
Nature Stars: 60
About: A small, common bee, covered in brown hairs. Mason Bees nest in holes in cliffs and in the crumbly mortar on old buildings.
How to identify: A common brown bee that can often be seen visiting their nests in old walls during the summer. There are many similar species of masonry bee that are difficult to identify.
Where: Widespread in England and Wales, rarer in Scotland.
Fantastic fact: Bees tend to be furry, while wasps are smooth.
Photograph credit: bramblejungle