Come On, You Bees!

by Jacqueline Pye
(Hampshire, UK)

Bee House

Bee House

Bee House Here's the temporary hive set up by the bee guru to draw the swarm out from under our compost bin lid.

Here's a pic of the bee box on our back garden wall under a grapevine. It shows some of the holes have been plugged, hopefully by bees! No-one liked our square wooden bee-box (entry hole, glass top and wood lid) sited at the end of the garden, though. They seem to like our lavender (& lavendula), as well as hebe & hollyhocks in my 'wildlife garden', and runner bean and courgette flowers. Pretty much any flowers have their insect fans. We get both bumble bees and honey bees. In the heat of summer (as if), we leave water out, sometimes sugar water.

Had a swarm in the garden in a compost bin a while back; local bee society chap came and left a temporary hive nearby, popping the queen in to tempt the swarm. He took them away a few days later; we were really sad to see them go.

Site owner's note: This is exactly the kind of nest box solitary bees love, such as leafcutter bees and mason bees. They are excellent pollinators!

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