Lets save the Bees. Things YOU can do!

Bee habitat is not just flowers, it is also brood space and shelter. Most bees are not honey bees or bumble bees, they are little solitary bees  and they do a lot of polination. We need to provide them with lots of brood space and overnight shelter too!  And modern garden practice is simply not doing it.
First of all, I am not a bee racist. I am trying to help all the bee species.  I find that there is a succession of different bee species through the year. And they use different size holes .   In fact they don't just lay eggs in these holes, they shelter in them too. I did not know this..  This year I also discovered that they burrow into the pith in old raspberry stems and in grape vines!
So if you compost your old raspberry canes,  you are probably composting bee babies  too.
Dave from Camas, Washington has been bundling teasel stems for several years for orchard mason bees.   You could do the same with raspberry canes!?
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/520_0/critter-care/orachard-mason-bees
I found this a week ago after I had started my project.  I make holes in cop blocks for the bees.
I have also started layering plant stems
At least 4 bee species are using the first cob bee blocks for brood or shelter. 
I have some pictures at the link below.  Hopefully you can see the captions too.

Brian
https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=246092&id=736625766&l=26546198d6


I am too Lazy to post an instructable right now and I am still learning the cob bee house thing.

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lemonie7 years ago

I like bees, but they've plenty enough habitat around me already.
Where you talk about I would agree.

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Kiteman lemonie7 years ago
Bee loss is an international problem.

Recent article.
lemonie Kiteman7 years ago

I know... But apparently there's a big deficiency or knowledge about pollinating-insects. People see a disaster but how much any insect contributes is not that well-understood.

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Kiteman lemonie7 years ago
All significant pollinators (bees, butterflies, moths) are declining in number.

In Britain, the United Kingdom Biodiversity Action Plan has identified over three dozen pollinator insects in need of urgent conservation efforts, including five of the nation’s twenty-five bumble bee species and 19 species of butterfly.




lemonie Kiteman7 years ago

That's interesting,

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rimar20007 years ago
I congratulate you for being interested in protecting the bees. I think many of your suggestions apply mainly to the area where you live. Here in Argentina, I am sure that if I build in the back of my house a refuge as you do, it would be invaded by wasps, bumblebees, ants and other undesirable insects before the bees can use it.

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Que?
Ok sorry, I stand corrected. It has been a while. It works ok now.
Well sit corrected, you'll be more comfortable, honestly, I didn't know tht it had ever been necessary to do that..

BTW my absolute favorite bee plant?

African Blue Basil.  They swarm it.
I might be totally mixed up and it happened with a different site not instructables.
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