In the Netherlands a shiny masonry bee (Osmia submicans) was seen for the first time. The insect was spotted in spring last year near a bee hotel in a garden in Renkum (Gelderland), reports Nature Today Saturday. This brings the total number of bee species in the Netherlands to 362.
Mason bees emerge in early spring. The shiny masonry bee, which is very similar to the blue masonry bee, prefers to be in dry and warm places. The most nearby spot where the insect was spotted before it was seen in Renkum was in southern Germany. The bee is most common in Central Europe and the Mediterranean.
New species of bees are regularly found in the Netherlands. Last year two new ones were reported: the rusty sand bee and the black-legged woolly bee.