Buzz Club

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The pest controller is coming to kill the bees I was called out to this address, 2nd May, late morning, to suggest what to do with an active bee nest in the garden. It was in an area which was to be part of a lawn, with the whole garden about to be landscaped. The nest […]

Ptinus sexpunctatus 6 spotted spider beetle not a welcome visitor to Red Mason bee nests! I found several of these beetles when cleaning out an orchard solitary bee nest box, containing Red mason and leafcutter bees. I do not know how they arrive whether they fly in as adults or crawl inside and lay their […]

Easter Blue tit eggs and easter Red mason bee cocoons I hope the Blue tits fare better this year than last year 2016 I notice that this female has found a tennis ball as the female did last year! I wonder if it is the same female or even the same tennis ball? Easter Sunday […]

New Solitary Bees book Before writing the review, I asked Ted why he wrote the book bearing in mind he is better known for his bumblebee work and this was his reply: Since early childhood I’ve lived a passionate engagement with wildlife – often focussing on the small and close at hand. Insects, especially have always […]

This is not a bee hotel! It is a solitary bee nest box with observation windows! In the film you will see, besides 6 different solitary bee species, a Coelioxys cuckoo bee and not often seen or filmed, its larva with egg crushing or larva killing mandibles. I watched this cuckoo bee and when it […]

Managing Solitary bees in my garden I am regularly asked why do I manage my solitary bees instead of just leaving them outdoors like most other people inside their bee house. I find it absolutely fascinating, educational and interesting. I have learnt so much about their ecology, foraging, species using them, nesting, biology and the […]

Death in the organic lavender bed at Ryton Gardens The Bee Festival, part of the Blooms for Bees campaign, which I attended this weekend was, for me, a resounding success. It was great to be surrounded by people that liked and were engaged in wild bees. I had scores of people asking me questions about […]