I joined Crafty Green Boyfriend on his daily lunchtime walk today and we enjoyed the sunshine up Corstorphine Hill! We were delighted to see at least three species of solitary bees on our walk. This species is nesting in garden walls at the bottom of the hill (Thanks to Simon of the Careering through Nature blog for suggesting this is a male Andrena fulva - I've checked the wasps, bees and ants website and it seems very likely that this is what it is.
Halictus rubicundus a type of sweat bee.
Solitary bees are so called because they nest in individual tunnels rather than in colonial hives. They actually gather together in groups quite frequently, there were plenty of all these three species about today!
We also found this lovely shiny gorse shield bug
Simon for helping with identifying two of these species!