17 Oct '16, 9am

Is new bee using London's green roofs as a nesting site

A new bee discovered this year in a small park in London is making the news. The new bee species’ English name is the viper’s bugloss mason bee (Hoplitis adunca) after the bee’s main food plant. As viper’s bugloss is common across the green roofs of London, we are wondering whether it is already using the green roofs or will do so in the near future? The recently discovered viper’s bugloss mason bee – credit Use of green roofs by mason bees Mason bees do use green roofs in the capital. In fact, there are quite a few buildings that have appropriate nesting facilities installed on their surfaces. In 2016, over 20 red mason bees were seen to be using a small bee hotel on a green roof in London Bridge. This roof, in addition, is covered in viper’s bugloss. Green roof designed for biodiversity – London A year long study being undertaken by a student at the University of East Lo...

Full article: http://livingroofs.org/new-bee-england-green-roofs-london...

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