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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties

Thanks for updating on the Red Masons @TallTrees ! I've been waiting all winter to see the next step in the cycle. You'll have to keep us updated with pics as they emerge and grow! 

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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties

Ooh, we have one of those (kind of) in our back garden.
Will have to take a picture of it later if I remember - some of the tubes are sealed up still so hopefully some bees will emerge at some point...
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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties

Well now @liggerz87 

you may have got me started on this, I will see how it goesslight smile

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stand around waiting and waiting and as soon I decide I can't wait 

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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties


@TallTrees wrote:

Hi @ComaChameleon 

My bees and most other bees are solitary bees. They do not produce honey in a comb.

They put pollen and nectar in with their egg and seal it up. So their off spring have

the food to develop.  Each tube 7 to 10 bee cells.

These bees Red Mason Bees are essential pollinators they are the best pollinators

of all bees because they carry lots of pollen on their "woolly" bodies and distribute

this between all plants as they fetch and carry for their off-spring.

They are specialists in Fruit Orchards for pollinating all the fruit, very popular with big

fruit growers. Some put up these Bee Hotels in the farm along side their orchards.

They are Bee Hotels my hotel has the exact size of tube to attract the Red Mason Bee

Other hotels have different sizes to attract a number of different bees.

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Thanks for the explanation @TallTrees  ^^

Do you think they sleep in bushes or so then? I recently googled how birds sleep outside XD

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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties

Hi @ComaChameleon 

 

I have seen them return to the nesting boxes but I don't know where they sleep, probably in a tube during cold/wet weather.

 

Where do birds sleep then?

 

 



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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties

Thank you for the information @TallTrees ... it's wonderful to know of the 'woolly' bees carrying pollen on their bodies as they go to and fro to the nest boxes to feed their young smiling

Does a solitary bee go back to it's original tube when sheltering from the cold night-time Spring  weather?

Your nest boxes look so modern ... what are they made of please? 

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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties


@TallTrees wrote:

Hi @ComaChameleon 

 

I have seen them return to the nesting boxes but I don't know where they sleep, probably in a tube during cold/wet weather.

 

Where do birds sleep then?

 

 


@TallTrees  on branches in trees and shrubs. They have a mechanism in their legs holding the feet fix. So there were even bird skeletons found which still were in place Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties

Hi @WispaRed7 

 

I think they shelter in the release box (not easy to see as at top of box) but I think they use any of the tubes or shelter in undergrowth.  It has been cold so I haven't seen them about.  

The boxes are home made to suit ~ I painted them on the outside with water-based garden paint non-toxic to keep them from sucking in the damp or rain.  They are made of wood and are quite heavy.

They keep the inside tubes warm from any late frosts and dry too.

 



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Thank you @ComaChameleon 

That makes sense.  I used to keep parrots and of course they slept on their perches and never feel off!

unless they were frightened! Always kept a part of their home covered so they could feel safe.

 



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Re: Awakening Sleeping BEEuties

Or you could get a water proof camera and hide it so then you don't have to stand around and watch them leave lol and then ad voice over lol