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Masonry Bee box

Some species of bee are solitary. They do not live in large colonies and create large amounts of honey or large numbers of offspring.

These solitary bees have very different habits. However they need as much support as the commercial bees that we know produce honey.

We have a special nesting box for some of these bees hanging on the wall in the garden.IMG_8503.JPG

It has narrow plastic tubes inside. They are Perspex and see-through.


Now here’s the clever part.

First the bee investigates the whole tube. Then she decides to back into it with her abdomen first. This allows her to lay one egg, leave a little gap that she fills up with ventilation then another egg laying in a line; Filling up the tube.

This nest box allows you to inspect and see into the tubes. We’re not quite clear what has happened. But there does appear to have been some activity to fill up the tubes.

It may be impossible to know which insects have done this. Until of course they leave the box.we may never know. But like an insect hotel at least something has found this box useful.

If you are interested in supporting bees but you don’t have the skills or the space or the time to run a beehive this might be an option for you to support and help to look after them too.


6 comments on “Masonry Bee box

  1. AnnetteM
    October 26, 2014

    Now that is a clever idea. We have a bee hotel on a wall in our garden, but so far it doesn’t appear to have been used. I did see a wasp investigating it once but that is all. Maybe it was still too new and we will get some bees using it next year. I wish it had a see through side like your though.

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    • lizard100
      October 31, 2014

      Our bee hotel efforts don’t seem to bring in the customers either. This one is interesting though.


  2. Grower
    October 26, 2014

    Interesting! I’ve never seen that particular design.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      October 31, 2014

      It’s unusual. But I love being able to look inside.


  3. Rambling Woods
    October 30, 2014

    I am considering this… Of course you would be on top of helping the bees

    Liked by 1 person

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