Homes for Solitary Bees: Interesting bee for sure

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Homes for Solitary Bees

By mcash70
January 12, 2012

All bees are very important for pollination. To keep solitary bees in your garden, build them a house. My husband made a simple one from a 4x4 cut about 15" inches long, with one end cut on a slant. He then drilled several rows of holes about 2 inches deep with varying sizes from 1/6 to 3/8 of an inch. Lastly, he cut a board somewhat larger than the first and nailed it to the slanted end as a roof. Attach the new bee house to a fence or tree for happy bees!!

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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Jan 11, 2012 11:39 PM CST
I need to try to remember to put a nesting box up for them this year. Here is a bit more on them... http://www.everythingabout.net/articles/biology/animals/arth...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/14967
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 12, 2012 12:15 AM CST
Thanks for the links sheila. The bees don't seem to care if the nesting box is fancy or not, they started using the ones my DH made within days of it being installed on the fence. It's really interesting to see the wide variety of bees that use it. The only problem we have had was a Hairy Woodpecker raided one of them a couple of years ago, so we moved it to another location and so far that seems to have solved the problem.
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Dutchlady1
Jan 12, 2012 6:13 AM CST
I thought bees always hung out in groups, I had no idea there were 'hermit bees'.....
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 12, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Hetty, I find ATP is a wonderful place to learn all sorts of new things, it's really great the way everyone shares their knowledge and ideas. Thumbs up
Name: Carey
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careyana
Jan 12, 2012 11:39 AM CST
I need to make a nest box this year myself! It would sure be nice to chase off the cicadas and beetles.
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mcash70
Jan 12, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Now I just learned something, I didn't know that the bees chased off cicadas and beetles!! Blinking
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careyana
Jan 12, 2012 1:08 PM CST
Bees are wonderful and quite useful in oh so many ways!

http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/miningbees.html

There are also Mason and Leafcutter bees...several are covered on this site.

http://solitarybee.com/ Hurray!
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 12, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Great links on the bees, Carey. I tip my hat to you.
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crittergarden
Jan 13, 2012 11:56 AM CST
Thanks for this tip.
I didn't know about solitary bees.
Did you find some UNtreated 4x4 somewhere?
I need some for a bunny hutch and can only find treated posts....
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 13, 2012 12:40 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

crittergarden the post we used was treated, I don't know what type of treatment was used and it had been sitting around for a long time and it hasn't seemed to harm the bees as we have seen them coming and going. But your bringing up the question makes me think that I should look for some untreaded and make new ones. I think I saw some made by screwing 2x4 together or even stacking 1x4 or 1x5" boards if you can't find 4x4.
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careyana
Jan 14, 2012 10:19 AM CST
Thank YOU Margaret! I picked up some materials the other day to make bee houses so I'll be working on them this weekend! I tip my hat to you. Hurray!
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 14, 2012 12:01 PM CST
That's great Carey!! I hope you have a lot of happy bees in their new homes. Thumbs up
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Gymgirl
Jan 17, 2012 2:33 PM CST
Mcash70,
Could you paint the beehouse with spray paint? I tip my hat to you.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 17, 2012 4:39 PM CST
Gymgirl I suppose you could, but you would have to paint first, then drill out the holes as you wouldn't want paint inside where the bees are going to reside. Smiling
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crittergarden
Jan 20, 2012 1:17 PM CST
Pretty kitty, Margaret! Lovey dubby
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 20, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Thanks crittergarden I tip my hat to you. He is my sister's cat, I was kitty sitting him for a few days and got a few nice photos of him, he has a gentle loving personality, a wonderful boy. Lovey dubby
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crittergarden
Jan 20, 2012 1:31 PM CST
AAAwwww.
I love a cuddly kitty!
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Gymgirl
Jan 23, 2012 10:32 AM CST
Thanks! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 23, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Your welcome Linda. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Wes
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Wes
Aug 22, 2014 2:51 PM CST
Very interesting Margaret! Showed up under Random Ideas this afternoon and what a cool addition for the yard. Thumbs up I love stuff like this. Good for conversation with visitors, even better for the bees.

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