Willughby's Leafcutter (Megachile willughbiella) & Andrena sp. © Lee Frost

Although most people are aware of honeybees and bumblebees, solitary bees are often the unsung heroes of the pollinating world.

There are estimated to be between 20,000-30,000 solitary bee species worldwide with over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK alone.

90% of bee species are solitary bees and along with other pollinating animals their hard work is responsible for at least one in every three mouthfuls we eat. However, like many species, they are under threat and need our help.

We invite you to Earn Your Stripes by pledging to help the bees, Wear Your Stripes for a day, or the entire week, and Share Your Stripes by helping us to raise awareness and share your activities, solitary bee facts and photos across your socials.

Explore below and discover the fascinating world of solitary bees!

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Solitary Bee Week came into being in 2018 as a partnership between Green & Blue and the Environment & Sustainability Institute Exeter.  It has grown each year becoming an annual week of action and education; raising awareness of, and for, our incredible solitary bees.

In 2023 Buglife were handed the wings and the task of really making Solitary Bee Week fly.

Solitary Bee Week 2024 will run from Monday 1 – Sunday 7 July 2024

Header Image Credit: Willughby’s Leafcutter (Megachile willughbiella) & Andrena sp. © Lee Frost

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Tag us and share your solitary bee journey using the hashtags #SolitaryBeeWeek | #WearYourStripes | #ShareYourStripes | #EarnYourStripes

Join in with our monthly #SolitaryBeeHour on the 1st day of every month at 1:00pm on Twitter; be sure to tag us @buzz_dont_tweet and use the hashtag #SolitaryBeeHour