We have a few bees buzzing around the apex and eaves of our roof, which is 10m up. I am worried they could be scout bees and a hive is about to enter our roof or wall cavity. But bees have been up there for 10 days or so and I would have thought scout bees would have moved on by now. I therefore wonder if they are "Solitary" bees, possibly Mason Bees. I am no expert, having read all this on various websites. Could someone identify the bee from the picture please? I also attach a photo of the eaves where there is a lot of fluff and bits and pieces that the bees seem to have put there. Are they Solitary Bees building nests?
NB I have been wiping the eaves with vinegar and/or peppermint, to try to discourage scout bees. This bee came down attached to the rag! If they are Solitary Bees, should I discourage them to avoid problems with the house?
Many thanks for any help you can give me!
It looks like your comment has prompted a response (from Florin) - after 13 months! I had reached the same conclusion myself - that it is a mason bee, which is a solitary bee and not the forerunner of a hive. We have had a few bees appearing in strange places a month or so ago, such as coming out of the drain holes in a sun lounger! This tends to confirm the identification.
well, if yours ARE masonry bees, mine almost certainly are not.
also the corpses NOW are almost certainly bumble bees over the past few days.(small, and white bottoms) 2 sizes of bee /creature are flying around up there but its not been possible to observe more than a silhouette.