Garden Structures forum→Bee house for solitary bees; Mason bees and Leaf cutter bees, for pollination.

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Name: Keith
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
Bee Lover
Apr 10, 2021 3:27 PM CST
Last summer we had good luck with leaf cutter bees we purchased online that come in small nesting tubes that look like straws. However in the fall birds went after the bee larva and destroyed some of the new larva that had been made by bees during the summer. So I built a new bee house with bird guard made of 1x1 inch wire mesh. The front has a door that opens in order to place new bee cocoons purchased this spring.
Made of pine with a sheet metal top, so it will hopefully hold up for several years.

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Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
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Apr 10, 2021 5:51 PM CST
@kclson Looks great Thumbs up . Good idea on the bird excluder.
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Name: SkirtGardener
Central Pennsylvania (Zone 5a)
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Apr 15, 2021 12:08 PM CST
Nice looking bee house! :)
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Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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May 12, 2021 3:38 AM CST
Just saw your garden tower, and now this. You do nice work, Keith.
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Name: Keith
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
Bee Lover
May 15, 2021 3:52 PM CST
MoonShadows said:Just saw your garden tower, and now this. You do nice work, Keith.

Thank you. I'll update when it is full and let everyone know if it holds up in the wind.
Lots of peas ready to climb

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