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I bought this bug box last year and was very excited to find it being used by Bees I’m not sure what kind but am guessing they are Mason Bees ,please tell me if you know differently ..

My husband after seeing a very expensive Bug house in a garden center decided he could make one out of odd bits and pieces from out of the shed ,here’s the results …

Some more about Bees ,when we were walking up Inclebourgh Hill on National Trust property last Sunday we passed a N.Trust sign with a clear plastic holder designed to hold pamphlets inside was a very active Bees nest , it obviously hadn’t been used for its intended purpose for a long time …

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Hallo amy. Nice to see that your bug box is being used by the bees. I have had one for a couple of years now and all I get is spiders in it !!!!!. Maybe I have got it in the wrong place....where is yours placed?....high up...which direction is it facing, in the sun...out of the sun?.....it appears that I´m doing something wrong with mine. Greetings from a very stormy Wuppertal Germany.

29 Jul, 2014

 

That's very exciting! We didn't get any bees in our little one and its fallen apart now. Your OH is very clever - what did he use for the tubes?

29 Jul, 2014

 

How lovely, Amy, no idea what type of bees they are but they certainly seem busy! My homemade bug box has never been used although I had bumble bees in a bird box all summer which prevented me using a corner of the garden. They have all disappeared now though. How did you OH do the lower central 'pots'?

29 Jul, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Hello Rogi I'm sorry to hear you are having stormy weather over there its been very very hot here today ,our box is 6ft up from the ground facing East ,sunny in the morning shade in the afternoon , I hope this helps with the positioning of your box and that you will soon have some visitors in it .. Steragram OH used garden canes in his home made box, he had to drill them out to make the holes slightly bigger ,Gee the lower central 'pots' are round pieces of wood sawn off with holes drilled into them , I'm glad the Bumble Bees have left you unharmed we have had a lot in our garden this year ... The homemade box is made from an apple box , The measurements are 17"wide .. height 9" x 4" deep , a slate was used for the roof ...

29 Jul, 2014

 

Oh how fantastic, you have your own bees to help with pollinating your flower!. That's great! :)

29 Jul, 2014

 

Fascinating Amy! Love OH's bug hotel! :)

29 Jul, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Thank's Waddy we do have our fair share of them round here , Karen I'll tell OH he will be chuffed plus it will encourage him to be even more inventive Lol ...

29 Jul, 2014

 

:)

29 Jul, 2014

 

I like your bug hotels Amy, and the one Tony has made is very well done :) I hope it gets plenty of visitors ...

30 Jul, 2014

 

Glad the bees have moved into your bug hotel... :))

30 Jul, 2014

 

Thanks, Amy, I have some oddments lying around so I might concoct something when I've got nothing to do :)

30 Jul, 2014

 

well done! is the OH-made one being used?

30 Jul, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Thanks for looking everyone I'm pleased you like it , Gee start collecting the bits it's good to have a few interesting winter jobs waiting for those bad days, !
Not yet Fran its only just gone up on the wall ....

30 Jul, 2014

 

it'll be occupied next season ... should start collecting bits and pieees myself; the prices for bought ones are often more expensive than a real hotel!

31 Jul, 2014

amy
Amy
 

You're right about that Fran ones in the Garden Center like the one OH made were anything from £ 30 / 60 the Bees don't mind if its not perfect !

31 Jul, 2014

 

I just Googled for "how to make a bee hotel" - tons of links, not had time to check them all out.

lol could you get OH to do a "how-to"??

ps found a downloadable info sheet
http://www.bwars.com/sites/www.bwars.com/files/info_sheets/Bee_Hotels_infosheet.pdf

and another:
http://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/bee_hotel.pdf

31 Jul, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Thanks for that Fran ,they look rather posh I'm afraid our bees will have to make do with much humbler abodes , I doubt if they will know the difference :o))

31 Jul, 2014

 

lol as you say, they'll find a home and appreciate it - like fancy nest boxes, most of the frills are for people

1 Aug, 2014

imy
Imy
 

Is that a bee nest or a wasp nest? Bees will build a half moon shaped flat structure of wax, while wasps build a ball made of paper. Going to drill out some cains tomorrow. Imy

8 Aug, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Ian you could be right they may well have been wasps we didn't get to close in fact they could have used the NT literature in the container to make their nest ... I didn't think you could find this so I've emailed you photos you can delete them , good luck with your bee home and with your new Bee Hive Can you put photos on I'd like to see it ! x

8 Aug, 2014

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