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Name: Meredith
Atlanta (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Butterflies Hummingbirder Seed Starter
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memays
Apr 15, 2018 6:38 AM CST
Anybody use these bee houses? Was buying some plants yesterday and could not resist buying the attached photo. Trying to figure out where to place it.
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Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
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GrammaChar
Apr 17, 2018 12:43 PM CST
@memays My son-in-law built several bee houses for me; not as fancy as yours, Meredith, but they work! Hang it on a south-facing wall or fence. Native bees are not "fuzzy" like honey bees so need the morning sun to warm up before they fly. Also make sure there are no plants obstructing the openings. I'll try to post a photo later today showing that some of the bamboo tubes are now sealed off, meaning there's a baby bee larva inside. Hurray!

The hardware cloth is to prevent squirrels from stealing the bamboo for their nests.

I'm thrilled to see the bee boxes gaining popularity. Our bees need all the help they can get! The little native, or solitary, bees do most of the pollinating. And, because they're not defending a 'hive', they aren't aggressive.

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GrammaChar
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
Region: Canadian Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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fwmosher
Apr 17, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Good posting GrammaChar: I bought two similar bamboo "bee" houses, three years ago. You are right, they do not attract "fuzzy honey bees" but they do attract the much smaller "Mason Bees", and you are right again about same being very aggressive "pollinators" , and that one can tell by the stuffed "waxed" tubes as Fall approaches, whether the houses are being used or not. Excellent posting! Cheers!
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
Birds Hummingbirder Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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GrammaChar
Apr 17, 2018 2:08 PM CST
Some "occupied" tubes. More will fill as the summer progresses.

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Wish I could get a photo of the mama bee... Whistling

GrammaChar

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