Bee hotel full!

Our garden bee hotel was a hive of activity a few weeks ago with bees collecting dirt and filling up the garden canes?  all canes are stuffed with dirt - what happens now?

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,252

    there should be an egg in there with a supply of pollen for food. they will hatch next year

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • FoolioFoolio Posts: 80

    Great thanks!! do all bees do this? are they regular bumbles?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,252

    solitary bees do this. Bumble bees tend to have communal  nests in the ground. Tree bumbles have communal  nests in trees or bird boxes. They are all good pollinators.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • FoolioFoolio Posts: 80

    Fabulous thats great to know - thank you.  The bee hotel has me really interested in the bees this year.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569
    Rasp you perhaps need to get an annex next year and charge a bit more for the holiday season

    Alan
  • I attached a bee/insect house to the house wall in March this year. Its about 6 feet up on a south facing wall. There's no activity apart from some curious spiders - will it be awhile till bees take residence?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,252

    A south facing wall might be too hot.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • FoolioFoolio Posts: 80

    My hotel faces south but tilts slightly downwards to stop rain flooding- anything above 3ft should work!!  Maybe pop a planter underneath full of pollen producing plants to encourage!! 

    Alan - you could bee on to something there!!!! Ha 

  • Mike160304Mike160304 Posts: 53

    E- to SE-facing on my fence, over flowers, 5 foot high, works for me.. Could be lower too.  Canes 4"-6" long.  Most popular internal diameter has been from 8 to 9.5 mm.

    But cane "houses" don't seem to be necessary (though they are fun) -  see these 2 current threads:

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/wildlife-gardening/leaf-cutting-bee-help-urgent/88171.html

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/wildlife-gardening/helping-solitary-bees---will-they-all-nest-in-flower-pots/89210.html

    Good luck,

    Mike

  • FoolioFoolio Posts: 80

    Very interesting Mike,  thanks 

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