2. To spot this month: Keep an eye out for the Tawny Mining Bee
This is another of our most distinctive solitary bees – look out for deep red hairs on the thorax and orange hairs on the abdomen. It usually comes out of hibernation in April and will be around until June. It nests by making little volcano-like burrows into bare soil and is most often found in gardens.
The Tawny Mining bee was thought to be extinct for 87 years in Ireland, before being rediscovered in 2012. A new location was reported from Wicklow this week, but its still only known from counties Wicklow, Dublin, Kilkenny and Kildare. Can you help find new populations?