A beautifully built solitary bee hotel and unpleasant residents who share it!!

31.07.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

A beautifully built stone solitary bee hotel I love the ingenuity, creativity, design and appreciate the effort some people put into making a solitary bee nest. I came across this one recently when visiting a showpiece garden which itself contained a busy garden centre. The nest site is beautiful and comes very near the top of my […]

Nurturing Nature talking wild garden bees under the Hive at Kew

30.07.2017 Bumblebee pests, enemies, etc.

The Hive: Fortnightly findings Every fortnight we welcome special guests to The Hive to talk about bees and wild pollinators. Until 29 October (alternate Sundays). Event details Alternate Sundays 28 May – 29 October 2017 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm TALKS AND CONFERENCES       Venue:    Under The Hive Price: Free with entry to […]

The swinging bee hotel! video

28.07.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

The swinging log bee hotel! In all of the research, papers, etc., I have read about solitary bee nest boxes, they all state such bee nest boxes needed to be secure, fixed and stable when erected. Marc Carlton on his excellent web site, which I can thoroughly recommend “The Pollinator Garden”, states the same. The film […]

Birds ‘n’ Bees Presentation Risley Moss Nature Reserve

22.07.2017 Bumblebees and their ecology

Birds ‘n’ Bees Presentation 11 am Sunday 23rd July Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve The fifth in a series of fascinating talks by naturalist George Pilkington, this time about the courtship and nesting habits of both garden birds and bees. Learn how some bees are actually ousting birds from their completed nests! Cost – £3 […]

Golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetle in my wildlife garden?

09.07.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

What a lovely looking beetle! A Golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetle? Since I had my boring lawn converted to a wildflower meadow, there have been loads of new species that visit it. Too many for me to know each and every single one. It would require a whole new learning curve for that ever to happen and mean many […]

Foraging queen Bombus hortorums and their nests

07.07.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Foraging queen Bombus hortorums and their nests in my wildlife garden I have had several Bombus hortorum nests in my garden nest boxes over the years. Every single one, including the two shown here, was  “wax mothed”! by Aphomia sociella. None had the protection of the bumblebee ‘cat flap’. The first one shown in the […]

Ichneumon wasp, (Ephialtes manifesto?) ovipositing inside Red mason bee cocoon video

05.07.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Ichnuemon Wasp, (Ephialtes manifestor?) ovipositing into red mason bee cocoon After filming another Ichneumon wasp, which looks like the same species, using her ovipositor to check out a metal screw! This female got it right, unfortunately for the Red mason bee larva which will act as a host for the wasp larva to consume! If it […]

Pink rose petals for this leafcutter bee’s cell, video

05.07.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Pink rose petals for this leafcutter bee’s cell! I saw this pink blur out of the corner of my eye and investigated to find this beautiful pink rose petalled nest inside my solitary bee nest box, made by what is probably a patchwork leafcutter bee (Megachile centuncularis). Pink rose petals for this leafcutter bee’s cell not […]

Win a Nurturing Nature Solitary Bee Observation Nest box with the Buzz Club

04.07.2017 Gardening For Wildlife

Win a Nurturing Nature Solitary Bee Observation Box  Simply take a photograph of pollinators: bees, wasps or hoverflies and submit to the Buzz Club….free entry, read below. A Hidden Buzz The theme for this July’s Buzz Club competition is ‘hidden or rarely noticed’ insects in our gardens and parks. Look closely, and there are dozens of bees, […]

Ichneumonid wasp checking out a screw in a solitary bee nest box-video

19.06.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Ichneumonid wasp investigating screw in solitary bee nest box! I saw this Ichneumonid wasp (Ephialtes manifestator?) using her antennae to feel the outside wooden casing of my orchard solitary bee nest box. This behaviour I have seen used by many other parasitoid wasps in the presence of their hosts, so I decided to keep an eye […]