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Solitary bees

These slightly less sociable insects don’t share a single home, but can set up residence close to others – a bit like single occupants in a block of flats.

There are over 200 types of solitary bee in the UK including the industrious leaf cutter bee.

Its strong mandibles allow it to cut perfectly round pieces from leaves and petals with which to line its cosy nest for young bees to develop in.