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Where do Bees go in winter?

There are over 250 species of Bee in the UK including 24 types of Bumble bee!🐝🐝

Their winter habits vary - some species of Solitary bee spend the winter as adults protecting themselves from the cold, in what is know as 'over wintering'. Then, in spring, they emerge to make the most of the early flowers 🌺🌸🌼

Others, like the Mason bee, spend the winter as pupae and have an annual life cycle which ends after their eggs have been laid in the autumn - ready for next year's bees to begin the process again!🐝🐝

A good reason for sowing in the autumn to get those early spring flowers - and help the bees!