Hive Defender





Introduction: Hive Defender

3 or 4 years ago I was working on these for feeding Honey Bees. I felt that they are a complete failure. So I just stored them, until now. The Hive Defenders are great way to bring the frogs around the hives to better help in keep the beetles, moths and others. Its a great way to not use pesticides or other toxic products. Nature is an amazing thing!

Step 1: The Waiting Game....

I set up the little fountains back behind 2 of my hives. At this time all I could do is play the waiting game. I know the frogs are out there. I just needed to wait. I took light bulb covers that I could get that the thrift store for 99 cents. Mixed some concrete and poured into them. Waited for the full cure. Then cracked them out. Giving the little fountains a nice base to put then on.

Step 2: If You Build It They Will Come

A few days had gone by and they started to show up.

Step 3: Master Plan in the Full Swing

After more started to show up. I decided to add a little water plant to help the look. At night the frogs get a lot of use out of it and eat what is not wanted in the hive.

Step 4: Durning the Day

I started to notice that the bees have been using it during the day as well .



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    Perhaps you should link to I was puzzled by this instructible trying to figure out what kind of light cover you used to cast the fountains.

    love this project. It helps the bees and is good looking.

    Thank you. I really appreciate that.

    many people planting flowers to help keep the bee populations going forget bees like a drink, so something shallow with sloping sides and bumps etc is a great help. looking at your bee's and the frogs "Scale" they are probably not large enough to eat a bee (and I'd think would avoid because of the stings).. so should IMHO work well, in the summers (not that great here in the UK) I often have bees (and other insects) landing on the lily pads of my pond to take a drink, and I put a little sugared water in a shallow bowl full of marbles so they can safely drink with reduced risk of drowning.. not quite as aesthetic as your designs, but works well enough for now! :-)

    I really like the idea of using natural predators (frogs) to control pests. My big question, though, is will they eat bees?

    Not from anything I have seen. The frogs come out at night. when the bees are in the hives. If I was concerned though I could always put a entrance reducer on the hives.