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TallTrees
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Autumnal Bucket

Talking recently about the autumn bucket list ~

This is part of my October must do

Clean my Osmia Rufa  (Red Mason Bees) 

Solitary bees nesting in tubes (or naturally in holes in brickwork/trees etc.)

I keep them as a hobby and they are great early pollinators for apple, pear, plum trees 

They are sweet and gentle do not sting

I take each tube and carefully remove each silk cocoon one by one for cleaning (34 tubes this year)

average bees in tubes 7

Each Cocoon now contains a fully developed bee in hibernation/sleeping for waking up in Spring.

This is one of nature's miracles

I clean them to save as many from pollen mites or may have fly predators putting in their eggs in the tube.

They have a sand bath in kiln dried sand to remove dirt and debris

This year they had a mild bleach bath because they all have to stay in one box so can't

let any other cocoon be infected with anything as I would lose the lot.

Photos of the bees

WP_20181008_14_35_25_Pro.jpgThe female bee puts in a mud plug between each of the cells she puts in pollen and lays her egg. Finally she plugs the end with mud.   It looks impossible to get out but they do.

WP_20181009_10_19_48_Pro.jpgEveryone having a sand bath

WP_20181010_12_15_40_Pro.jpgEveryone in clean and ready for Spring in their wood box

WP_20181010_12_18_33_Pro.jpgSee you all in Spring when I put you all out in the release box.

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Cleoriff
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That's amazing @TallTrees albeit very time consuming.

Once you release them in the spring to pollinate, do they return to the nesting tubes at all?

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You stick bees in boxes till spring?
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Of course ~

They would stay in the tubes or natural holes until spring when they wake up come out and fly around a bit then look for pollen / nectar to feed on.

Fascinating!

 



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Hi @Cleoriff

Yes they are all put out just near my boxes with new tubes in

All the bees that come out stay at home 

and use my tubes again ~ this is home for them and the next generation.

The bees don't forage far away they keep a map in their head and forage

about 300 feet ish around the release site.

They are very popular in the US as these little bees are very early so they are

used commercially to pollinate the Almonds Peaches etc.  They have a furry

ginger colour body which is perfect for pollination as they carry the pollen from

tree to tree.

Thank you for your interest

 



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I’m sat here with a few mates discussing the fact that bees have baths...
no one is believing me.. 😕

Mind you I didn’t believe it to start off with!
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Hi @Anonymous

 

LOL     ~  yes they do! well if I do it that is

 

 



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With the big chemical companies creating pesticides that kill bees, you are to be commended @TallTrees More people should be doing this. If we kill the bees, the human race dies. I don't know if people are aware of this.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/neonicotinoid-pesticides-slowly-killing-bees

Unfortunately, the idiot masquerading as President of my country is contributing to this too.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-bees-gmo-crops-environment-barac...

 

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With the big chemical companies creating pesticides that kill bees, you are to be commended @TallTrees More people should be doing this. If we kill the bees, the human race dies. I don't know if people are aware of this.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/neonicotinoid-pesticides-slowly-killing-bees

Unfortunately, the idiot masquerading as President of my country is contributing to this too.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-bees-gmo-crops-environment-barac...

 


Nicotine kills bees too... who’d have thought?

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Hi @Bambino

 

Thank you very much  ~ what you say is very true.  Everyone can make a difference even in a small way ~ in fact small changes by lots of people are the best.  All   "front and rear gardens"  are very important small or large with help and consideration to little creatures and our native birds too can make a big difference to our lives, they depend on us. 

I read both your articles.

Very upsetting ~  

President Trump is not considering the wider implications which will only bring disaster~ very sad

Thank you for your interest

 

 

 



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