What to look for: These bees are Britain’s smallest. They're very slim with black shiny bodies and large heads
Favourite plants: Wildflowers
Making a nest: Nest inside abandoned woodworm holes in dead wood
When active: Summer
Small scissor bee
Small scissor bees are Britain’s smallest bee species at just six to seven millimetres in length. They're very slim and have black shiny bodies topped by a disproportionately large head.
These solitary bees nest inside abandoned woodworm holes in dead wood and other natural holes they find. Areas surrounded by their favourite wildflowers are most prized by nesting females.