Bees …Beautiful Bees

Remember my POST about our solitary bees? Well, they have been seriously busy making use of our little bee houses, even using some of the holes ‘meant’ for ladybirds.

20150621_17135820150621_171344Just look at all those filled in holes!! Although they don’t seem to like yellow, which I find interesting because ladybirds love the colour yellow.

It is so easy to provide a safe place for solitary bees that are so crucial to the wellbeing of our crops and food supply. None of these little houses cost more than £5.00 to buy and the square purple one is home made. Even a bundle of hollow canes stuffed inside a piece of pipe will do. We have found they prefer their ‘homes’ to have a back to them, preferably something that won’t disintegrate over the winter. For the purple one we went to the local hardware shop (B&Q) and asked for a piece of cut off wood. They will happily give it you for free as it would otherwise be wasted.

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19 Responses to Bees …Beautiful Bees

  1. magickmogwai says:

    Wow it looks like your house is really popular with the bees

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  2. moonlightwrites says:

    what a great idea!

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  3. gh0stpupp3t says:

    Honey bees are precious. 🙂

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  4. Vicky Louise says:

    My dad is at home building a bee house for me right now! 😀 I shall tell him not to paint it yellow though! Xx

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    • Moongazer says:

      Yay!! That’s brilliant 😀 Yes, if the lack of use of the yellow section is down to their preferences, a yellow bee house would be a terrible idea. Please post pics, I would love to see it 😀

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  5. What whimsical homes! (love bees and plant for them, but the bees here can and do eat through siding and even brick – ending up inside your house and building between the walls and end up getting their homes torn out ….bee homes can attach to fences and other structures, though)
    No one should tell bees to buzz off!

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    • Moongazer says:

      Oh no! I mean, they don’t know they’re in the wrong place, bless em. But yes, putting something up that they can utilise would probably stop them using human homes.
      Well done for planting for them 🙂 The more people who do, the less species will become extinct. Humans need bees. If farmers would plant a section of each field with wildflowers, they would increase their yield.

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  6. lydiaa1614 says:

    My Mom would have loved this idea. She planted special flowers for butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. and was really torn when they had to decide on taking out a wasp nest. She was all for the natural environment!

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  7. I really want to get some of these but we already have a lot of bees in the garden and my dog likes to try and catch them so I don’t want to increase his chances of getting stung so I’m not sure whether to get one or not. Btw do you know what it is they fill the holes with?

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    • I know they fill them with nests but what do they put in the nests? So if I do get one I can make sure we have supplies

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      • Moongazer says:

        They make little compartments inside the tube and lay an egg inside each compartment with some pollen for the next generation to feed on. The compartments are made from a kind of papier mache that they make by chewing wood. But its only tiny weeny amounts from the very surface of the wood. It looks like a tiny snail trail.
        If I remember rightly, they lay male eggs at the front and female at the back. But the males die after mating and the females devote their lives to building these nests.
        I wouldn’t worry about your dog. Chances are he won’t even notice they are around. They are much smaller than honey bees, less visible colourwise and I dont think I have ever heard them buzz.
        The kind we have are called Mason Bees but there are others that are solitary.

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  8. Trisha says:

    I’ve never seen or heard of these before. They are really cute!

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