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Bee Houses...?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The super-pollinators of the garden are … native bees!

While honeybees have their place, it’s our native solitary bees—such as

mason bees and leaf-cutter bees which are vital to our flowers and food.

90% of bees don’t live in hives; so where do they live?

70% of solitary bee species nest underground in tunnels and burrows,

while the remaining 30% nest above ground, in holes in logs and stems.

Easy to make... and you can see the holes that are occupied now. In fact,

you can see that some have already hatched out.

Bee houses (or hotels) provide vital and otherwise missing nesting habitat.

They are relatively simple in form, consisting of a birdhouse-like structure containing

a series of exposed, reed-like tubes that the bees can lay their eggs in.

We put one or two out each Spring. Here's ours, with different sized holes.

Always put these in a sheltered and shaded area otherwise the larva will cook.

And as you can see... they DO use them.

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