02-04-2019 14:44 - edited 02-04-2019 14:53
From last year they were Sleeping Beeuties 2018 to
This year 2019 again these little kind and sweet bees have caught me unaware and when I opened
the sleeping box there were a few anxious looking faces! So up went the boxes sharpish
and they were put on top to feel the fresh air and off they flew ~ they'll be back always
to the same spot they first remember.
These are the boxes facing South in the hot sun.
This is a box with an emerging bee under the release box top.
Wildlife have no respect for photographers!
on 02-04-2019 15:01
on 02-04-2019 16:27
How sweet @TallTrees! 🐝 Always nice to read about your bees. Felt a bit sad for a second when I read that you let them out because I thought they'd just fly away to stay in some stranger's flowerbeds and that's the last you see them. Glad to hear they come back to the same spot!
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on 02-04-2019 17:24
They do fly around my garden and neighbour's gardens too. Of course I am always concerned for them🤗 There is a bench under the boxes, I sit there and watch them coming and going 🙂
on 02-04-2019 18:24
Are they living after in that boxes?
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on 02-04-2019 19:02
How lovely to hear your Sleeping Beeuties have awakened.
I will follow them with great interest
(Congratulations also on posting the link to your other thread)
on 02-04-2019 19:35
They use the tubes as nests for the next generation of Red Mason Bees,
Usually about 10 little bees to one tube.
The new generation of red mason bees of 2019 only live until about June/July after they have placed
the new generation of bees into the tubes ready for the following year.
They do use the nesting boxes over night if it gets cold during April - July.
There is a link on my post showing what they look like last year
(Thanks to @Cleoriff who taught me how to put in a link )
on 02-04-2019 19:38
Thanks @Cleoriff very pleased to have learned the "link" !!
The weather has been fabulous for them but
tonight is going to be very cold, so they will
probably pop back into the box.
They are not all out yet it will take a couple of