Introduction: Bee House

this is a bee house i just built.  Apparently a lot of solitary bees are dying due to not being able to find proper homes for their young.  Used untreated wood and bamboo stalks.

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tacomamactech (author)2016-03-21

These would be for mason bees. They put in an egg and cap it, continuing to do so until the tube is filled. The first egg to hatch is always a male!

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caruhh (author)2013-05-16

What size are the holes?

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twisted_fiona (author)2012-03-21

I live on 3 acres and would love to place these all over the place. I have 2 very large dogs and I dont want them knocking these over, so I am wondering how high can I put these before the bees will not use them? I have gardens all over and .5 arce is wild roses. I do see alot of bees out there but I would really like to help the little guys have a home and not freeze in canada. anybody know the answer?

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tuxedo1954 (author)twisted_fiona2012-03-27

Hey Fiona..I placed two three inch lag screws in mine, thus securely bolted to the fence. I think five feet should be no problem at all, as long as they face the sun for most of the day. I am going to post pics etc of my bee - butterfly - hummingbird sanctuary this spring

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Kiteman (author)2011-09-20

This is great - did you follow any particular plan, or just make it up as you went along?

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tuxedo1954 (author)Kiteman2011-09-20

just made it up....dimensions were dictated by what material i had laying around...come spring i am going to plant a bee-butterfly-humming Bird friendly garden..mud bath and all...thank you for the positive comment Kiteman

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Kiteman (author)tuxedo19542011-09-20

Cool - make sure you take plenty of photos as you go with your garden plans - it's a popular subject, and the site sometimes has gardening contests.

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tuxedo1954 (author)Kiteman2011-09-20

will do...because i have already designed my watering hole for both the bees and butterflies..seems like when you build a bee sanctuary (mini-one) you also build a butterfly friendly habitat...I am going to cut out the lawn this weekend and prep the soil for early spring planting....as you might sense..i am quite excited about building this...

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Kiteman (author)tuxedo19542011-09-20

Cool. I look forward to the results.

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AndyGadget (author)2011-09-20

 
Coincidentally, I made one of these last weekend, although not as elaborate as yours.
I'll post a pic in the next day or two.

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tuxedo1954 (author)AndyGadget2011-09-20

one of my favorite sandwiches is; lightly toasted white bread...Brunswick sardines..(lots)..freshly chopped white onion and a healthy splash of French's yellow mustard..to die for...oops..almost forgot the twist or two of black pepper..try it..you'll love it..

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tuxedo1954 (author)AndyGadget2011-09-20

can't wait to get home...i have fish fingers and am going to try your delicious sounding recipe...

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tuxedo1954 (author)AndyGadget2011-09-20

excellent.. :-)...the more homes for these incredible little animals the better...looking forward to your pics...

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EaglesNest (author)2011-09-20

This would work great for colder climates (like Canada). In the autumn our bumble bees are often caught outside working overtime and then they try to find shelter because it is too cold. Some mornings I've noticed up to 4 bees in a half opened sunflower huddled together until the sun warms them up.

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tuxedo1954 (author)EaglesNest2011-09-20

you are so correct EaglesNest...and I am from Canada where we get those cold mornings...I would like to have two of these bee condos in my yard with a ton of food growing for them...

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