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I have just bought a bee hotel , have many of you got one and do they check in ?
Ilona

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  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Posts: 1,700
    @llona.S.  I have one,but so far nothing. I was hoping the Leaf Cutter Bees would use it,as they struggled to find places last year.
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  • GaryRGaryR Posts: 32
    I have 4 or 5 different ones and they are all in use. I've put them in different aspects of the garden and at various heights all easy to see for passing bees and bugs.
  • MissMMissM Posts: 29
    Spotted a waspy thing looking at mine... nothing checked in yet but early days for mine too
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 6,188
    It look a good few years before bees became interested in my drilled logs but the holes are mostly full now and plugged with mud. I never had any success with bamboo.
  • MissMMissM Posts: 29
    Bee (or wasp) taking a look!
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    Honey bee I think. I've got 3 hotels up got nothing yet 
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,052
    I have one blocked up hole. Looks promising 😀.
    SW Scotland
  • Thanks @Fairygirl for suggesting this.  I have had a bee hotel for 2 or 3 years, with not a single guest bee in all that time.  This year we lowered the hotel further down the wall, so approx 5 - 6 foot from the ground and now we have guests.  We are assuming they are leaf cutter bees as the holes are bunged with leaves.  What happens next - have eggs been laid in the tubes and will they find their way out next Spring?My husband was so excited to see the bees so he has made a second hotel from some old wood and placed it near by.
  • MissMMissM Posts: 29
    Mine went up earlier this year slung over the fence post so luckily at the right height! Today there are several holes filled with leaf doors, and a couple with mud. And someone was investigating... it is exciting!

  • That is a smart hotel @MissM - no wonder you have guests staying in it.
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