Solitary bee nest box with observation windows-updated video

November 12, 2013

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Gardening For Wildlife, Red mason solitary bees, Solitary Bee Observation Box

View solitary bees inside their nest boxes, their pests and coexistence with other species

What happens inside your bug boxes? Want to show children bees at school? Want to observe bees? Want to increase your solitary bee numbers? Want to potentially increase your fruit, vegetables and flowers? Want to help our declining bees?  Want personal and friendly solitary bees advice? See video!

Want to enter the fascinating world of solitary bees e.g. red mason bees and learn more? Click here… Want a bigger nest box for orchards, allotments, schools, etc?

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marian morrison November 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Terrific filming as usual George. My box was mainly occupied by leaf cutter bees this year. Had good success again with the tubes though. Please keep me informed as to when I need to wash the cocoons. Tubes and boxes are all safely tucked away out of harms reach in the garden shed. Observed a very large bumble bee around the shed area the last couple of days could it be a queen looking to overwinter??

Best wishes – Marian

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nurturingnature November 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hi Marian, Thanks re comments. I will email you. Cheers, George

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Ann Spencer-Wyatt November 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Hi George,
Thanks for keeping me updated with all your lovely posts. Have got a few red mason tubes (these are cardboard ones) and a leaf cutter bee decided to make its nest in our external security light!! Also had bees in the brickwork, need to look at photos to see if they are red masons or masonry bees. Unfortunately no residents in the bumble house this year but I think I might take your idea and run a pipe to the entrance. Looking forward to next spring to see what else I can tempt into our garden.

Regards
Ann

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nurturingnature November 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Hi Ann, Nice to hear from you. Glad you had some success with your reds and leaf cutters. My orchard solitary bee box was a fantastic success, far exceeded even my expectations! I had 7 queens nesting, with another which died along with her siblings but I could not identify them as they were all shrivelled and dried up. Probably bumblebees could could not say. I think you may have been a tad late with your bumblebee box….?

Have another very interesting related product soon! Kind regards from, George

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