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With all due respect to the #honeybee - Get your super pollinators for next spring. #didyouknow #themoreyouknow
Spent Saturday morning painting the sign for our Mason Bee habitat at the Grove Garden 🐝🌸
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#grovegarden #communitygarden #garden #masonbees #solitarybees #paint #diy #saturdaymorning #pnw #pollinators #beehouse #sanctuary
When your so keen you can’t help to rub your hands together at the feast in front of you! #solitarybees #nativebees #bees #pollination #beesaustralia #garden
We usually think of bees living and working together in a social colony, like #honeybees and #bumblebees do. But most other species, including leafcutters and mason bees, are actually solitary. This means they each construct their own individual nest (usually underground or in pre-existing cavities) and take on the sole responsibility of provisioning for their young.⠀
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So in light of all the holiday gatherings coming up, we're curious... Who do you relate to more? 😄⠀
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Social bees = The more the merrier! 🐝🐝🐝⠀
Solitary bees = Give me my alone time! 🐝
We usually think of bees living and working together in a social colony, like #honeybees  and #bumblebees  do. But most other species, including leafcutters and mason bees, are actually solitary. This means they each construct their own individual nest (usually underground or in pre-existing cavities) and take on the sole responsibility of provisioning for their young.⠀ ⠀ So in light of all the holiday gatherings coming up, we're curious... Who do you relate to more? 😄⠀ ⠀ Social bees = The more the merrier! 🐝🐝🐝⠀ Solitary bees = Give me my alone time! 🐝
#masonbee harvest!! We started with ten little cocoons in March from @onegreenworld and all spring they worked so hard - now we have 🎉 200 🎉little cocoons to take care of this winter and release in Spring. #blueorchardmasonbee #pnw #solitarybee #masonbeeharvest #solitarybees #masonbees
Abeja solitaria (Megachile sp.) descargando polen en su nido, a diferencia de otros grupos estas abejas cargan el polen en el vientre en una estructura conocida como escopa ventral.

#megachile #abejasolitaria #solitarybees #biodiversidad d #polinización #najilcab
Despite the long winter, Berlin is a very friendly urban habitat for bees. For Apis mellifera, the common European honeybee, hives are set up all over: in parks, atop roofs, in backyards. For other species, insect hotels like this one have been installed all over too, providing needed nesting space for solitary native bees, who are equally important and endangered. 
#bee #bees #beehotel #insecthotel #pollinators #solitarybees #nativebees #protectthebees #savethebees #beekeeping #apiculture #Berlin #beesinberlin
Despite the long winter, Berlin is a very friendly urban habitat for bees. For Apis mellifera, the common European honeybee, hives are set up all over: in parks, atop roofs, in backyards. For other species, insect hotels like this one have been installed all over too, providing needed nesting space for solitary native bees, who are equally important and endangered. #bee  #bees  #beehotel  #insecthotel  #pollinators  #solitarybees  #nativebees  #protectthebees  #savethebees  #beekeeping  #apiculture  #Berlin  #beesinberlin 
A work in progress! An alfalfa leafcutter bee (Megachile rotundata), a native species of Europe that has become an important pollinator in the US. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for the background. Maybe some alfalfa flowers.
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#drawing #drawings #inkdrawing #penandinkdrawing #art #artist #artistsofinstagram #penandinkart #sketch #sketches #sketchbook #penandink #ink #lepen #insect #bee #bees #savethebees #solitarybee #alfalfaleafcutterbee #leafcutterbee #nature #naturedrawing #megachilidae #megachilerotundata #solitarybees #savethesolitarybees #entomology #entomologyart
A work in progress! An alfalfa leafcutter bee (Megachile rotundata), a native species of Europe that has become an important pollinator in the US. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for the background. Maybe some alfalfa flowers. . . . #drawing  #drawings  #inkdrawing  #penandinkdrawing  #art  #artist  #artistsofinstagram  #penandinkart  #sketch  #sketches  #sketchbook  #penandink  #ink  #lepen  #insect  #bee  #bees  #savethebees  #solitarybee  #alfalfaleafcutterbee  #leafcutterbee  #nature  #naturedrawing  #megachilidae  #megachilerotundata  #solitarybees  #savethesolitarybees  #entomology  #entomologyart 
A teeny beautiful buggy gift all the way from O’ahu, made by wonderful and talented Greg 💚 it’s Hawaiian basalt carved into my current favourite shape - a hexagon, because that’s the shape of honeycomb! 😂🐝 the primary reason for my visits to Hawai’i have been to document the endangered Hawaiian yellow-faced bees, which are solitary and don’t make honeycomb, rather they nest in the hollow branches of trees or holes in coral - but I have also spent a lot of time learning about honeybees over the last year for a better understanding of the health of bee populations overall, and why we as a species feel more connected to honeybees than maybe any other insect, and how this may be used to benefit the conservation of other bees... #wildlifefilmmaker #honeycomb #rockhound #basalt #hawaiigeology #hawaiirocks #rockcarver #rockshape #hexagonrocks #hawaiianyellowfacedbee #yellowfacedbee #endangeredbees #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #beekeeping #oahu #solitarybees
A teeny beautiful buggy gift all the way from O’ahu, made by wonderful and talented Greg 💚 it’s Hawaiian basalt carved into my current favourite shape - a hexagon, because that’s the shape of honeycomb! 😂🐝 the primary reason for my visits to Hawai’i have been to document the endangered Hawaiian yellow-faced bees, which are solitary and don’t make honeycomb, rather they nest in the hollow branches of trees or holes in coral - but I have also spent a lot of time learning about honeybees over the last year for a better understanding of the health of bee populations overall, and why we as a species feel more connected to honeybees than maybe any other insect, and how this may be used to benefit the conservation of other bees... #wildlifefilmmaker  #honeycomb  #rockhound  #basalt  #hawaiigeology  #hawaiirocks  #rockcarver  #rockshape  #hexagonrocks  #hawaiianyellowfacedbee  #yellowfacedbee  #endangeredbees  #endangeredspecies  #wildlifeconservation  #beekeeping  #oahu  #solitarybees 
🇮🇹 Sai chi é? Io la amo ❤️
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Questa é una delle più grandi #api solitarie che si trovano in #Europa e da noi in #Italia. Si chiama #Xylocopa violacea e prende il nome dai suoi riflessi viola. In tanti pensano sia un #bombo o un #calabrone ma no, é un'ape. Non devi averne paura, nonostante il suo volo rombante possa impressionare, é una specie davvero poco aggressiva, ti do la mia parola. 
Questa nella foto é un maschio 🐝
Vuoi sapere come lo so? Ha il penultimo e terzultimo segmento delle antenne di colore arancione. La femmina no 😉
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🇬🇧 Who's this? I love her ❤️
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This is one of the largest #solitarybees found in #Italy. It is called Xylocopa violacea and her name from her violet reflections. Many believe she's a #bumblebee or a #hornet but no, she's a bee. Do not be scared, despite her rumbling flight might be impressive, she's one of the least aggressive species, I give you my word.
This one is a male 🐝
How do I know? It has the penultimate and third last segment of her antennas is orange. Females keep total black 😉
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#ilmielebuono #apicoltura #roma #proteggere #api #tutelare #natura  #savethebees #carpenterbee #bee #beek #apididattica #didattica #nature #naturelover #natureloverforlife #beesinstagram
🇮🇹 Sai chi é? Io la amo ❤️ . Questa é una delle più grandi #api  solitarie che si trovano in #Europa  e da noi in #Italia . Si chiama #Xylocopa  violacea e prende il nome dai suoi riflessi viola. In tanti pensano sia un #bombo  o un #calabrone  ma no, é un'ape. Non devi averne paura, nonostante il suo volo rombante possa impressionare, é una specie davvero poco aggressiva, ti do la mia parola. Questa nella foto é un maschio 🐝 Vuoi sapere come lo so? Ha il penultimo e terzultimo segmento delle antenne di colore arancione. La femmina no 😉 . 🇬🇧 Who's this? I love her ❤️ . This is one of the largest #solitarybees  found in #Italy . It is called Xylocopa violacea and her name from her violet reflections. Many believe she's a #bumblebee  or a #hornet  but no, she's a bee. Do not be scared, despite her rumbling flight might be impressive, she's one of the least aggressive species, I give you my word. This one is a male 🐝 How do I know? It has the penultimate and third last segment of her antennas is orange. Females keep total black 😉 . #ilmielebuono  #apicoltura  #roma  #proteggere  #api  #tutelare  #natura  #savethebees  #carpenterbee  #bee  #beek  #apididattica  #didattica  #nature  #naturelover  #natureloverforlife  #beesinstagram 
🐝 Hotel for cavity-nesting solitary bees. Something like this can easily be provides with nesting habitat. You can build your own bee hotel at our workshop!

Many people are familiar with honey bees, which are major pollinators of the world’s crops.

But there are thousands of native and non-native solitary bee species that also aid in pollination.

Solitary bees, unlike honey bees, do not live in a social structure. Some nest in natural and man-made cavities.

#bees #austin #utaustin #urbanbees #beehotel #sustainable #solitarybees #masonbees #leafcutterbees #beenest #carderbees #apiary
🐝 Hotel for cavity-nesting solitary bees. Something like this can easily be provides with nesting habitat. You can build your own bee hotel at our workshop! Many people are familiar with honey bees, which are major pollinators of the world’s crops. But there are thousands of native and non-native solitary bee species that also aid in pollination. Solitary bees, unlike honey bees, do not live in a social structure. Some nest in natural and man-made cavities. #bees  #austin  #utaustin  #urbanbees  #beehotel  #sustainable  #solitarybees  #masonbees  #leafcutterbees  #beenest  #carderbees  #apiary 
Head over to @bbcwildlifemagazine for your chance to win one of our bee nesters, worth £15.99! We have 10 nesters up for grabs - head over to the BBC Wildlife Instagram story for the link to the competition! 😃
#wildlife #win #competition #wildlifegardening #gardening #bees #solitarybees #insects #pollinators #gardenwildlife #britishwildlife #instawildlife #instanature #bbcwildlifemagazine
NEW GIVEAWAY! 
We've teamed up with @wildlifeworld_uk to offer you the chance to win a bee nester, worth £15.99! We have ten nesters up for grabs - head over to our Instagram story for the link to the competition! .
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#wildlife #win #competition #wildlifegardening #gardening #bees #solitarybees #insects #pollinators #gardenwildlife #britishwildlife #instawildlife #instanature #bbcwildlifemagazine
You can see the rest of this video on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/824475110958490/posts/2299260436813276/. #thebeeswaggle #bees #solitarybeehouse #nativebeehouse #solitarywasp #nativebees #solitarybees
Blue sky, seriously the perfect accompaniment to the Beepost bee towers! We’ve been creating a display of Beeposts outside our workshop this week and can report that they look awesome, eye catching and ready for solitary bees! 
See our stories for the design.
Blue sky, seriously the perfect accompaniment to the Beepost bee towers! We’ve been creating a display of Beeposts outside our workshop this week and can report that they look awesome, eye catching and ready for solitary bees! See our stories for the design.
Male solitary bees generally spend their nights tucked away in flowers that close their petals slightly over night to this help them stay warm. Many times you can see them bunking up together 🐝🐝🌼
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#solitarybees #malebees #beeboys #flowernap #cuddle #flower #pollinator #pollination #pollinators #fuzzy #lovebees #savethebees #fuzzybees #love #closeup #macro #insect #insects #macro_insects  #followme #buddy #bee #bees #beescaping #cute #friends #beefriends #beescaping
Male solitary bees generally spend their nights tucked away in flowers that close their petals slightly over night to this help them stay warm. Many times you can see them bunking up together 🐝🐝🌼 . . . #solitarybees  #malebees  #beeboys  #flowernap  #cuddle  #flower  #pollinator  #pollination  #pollinators  #fuzzy  #lovebees  #savethebees  #fuzzybees  #love  #closeup  #macro  #insect  #insects  #macro_insects  #followme  #buddy  #bee  #bees  #beescaping  #cute  #friends  #beefriends  #beescaping 
...geometry in Nature, the lovely spiral of L. purpureo-caerulea. Although originally illustrated way back in 1794 by NJ Jacquin this beautiful Lachenalia is now critically endangered. Spicy sweet scented, pollinated by both honey bees and solitary bees together with textural pustulated foliage, L. purpureo-caeruleo is a collector's specimen. The fascinating foliage emerges in Sydney inlate February and lasts until late November. It's moisture tolerance gives it resilience to lay dormant happily in most garden settings over the Sydney Summer. Long lasting herbaceous perennial bulb, beautiful colour, captivating foliage, lovely perfume AND attracts bees. What more could you ask.

#perfumedflowers #scentedflowers #purple #purpleflowers #lachenalia #bees #beepollinated #solitarybees #rareplants #endangeredplants #rarebulbs #collectorsplant #spirals #collectorsplantfair #flowers #flowersmakepeoplehappy
...geometry in Nature, the lovely spiral of L. purpureo-caerulea. Although originally illustrated way back in 1794 by NJ Jacquin this beautiful Lachenalia is now critically endangered. Spicy sweet scented, pollinated by both honey bees and solitary bees together with textural pustulated foliage, L. purpureo-caeruleo is a collector's specimen. The fascinating foliage emerges in Sydney inlate February and lasts until late November. It's moisture tolerance gives it resilience to lay dormant happily in most garden settings over the Sydney Summer. Long lasting herbaceous perennial bulb, beautiful colour, captivating foliage, lovely perfume AND attracts bees. What more could you ask. #perfumedflowers  #scentedflowers  #purple  #purpleflowers  #lachenalia  #bees  #beepollinated  #solitarybees  #rareplants  #endangeredplants  #rarebulbs  #collectorsplant  #spirals  #collectorsplantfair  #flowers  #flowersmakepeoplehappy 
My first bee hotel put up in July, proud to see four holes used #solitarybeehour #solitarybeeweek #solitarybees #feedthebees #lovebees #welovebees #saveourbees
Psst...just a reminder #solitarybeehour starts over on Twitter at 11:00am today 🐝 
If you’d like to ‘bee’ part of sharing in the awareness and awesomeness surrounding these beautiful, friendly, essential (and somewhat forgetful) little pollinators, please head over to @solitarybeeweek and help create a buzz 🤗

Hooray for bee puns 😄
#solitarybeehour #solitarybeehour #solitarybees #solitarybee #pollinators #bee #bees #supportourwildlife #nature #naturelovers #twitter #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #apiary #solitarybeekeeping #entomology #autumn #autumnwatch #createabuzz #rspb_love_nature #wildlifetrust #foe #greenparty #jointhebuzz #beelove #🐝
Psst...just a reminder #solitarybeehour  starts over on Twitter at 11:00am today 🐝 If you’d like to ‘bee’ part of sharing in the awareness and awesomeness surrounding these beautiful, friendly, essential (and somewhat forgetful) little pollinators, please head over to @solitarybeeweek and help create a buzz 🤗 Hooray for bee puns 😄 #solitarybeehour  #solitarybeehour  #solitarybees  #solitarybee  #pollinators  #bee  #bees  #supportourwildlife  #nature  #naturelovers  #twitter  #naturephotography  #wildlifephotography  #wildlife  #apiary  #solitarybeekeeping  #entomology  #autumn  #autumnwatch  #createabuzz  #rspb_love_nature  #wildlifetrust  #foe  #greenparty  #jointhebuzz  #beelove  #🐝
Precious will again be my lucky mascot for joining in with @solitarybeehour over on Twitter tomorrow 🤗

Though she’ll probably be busy doing what she enjoys best (sticking her little fluffy head into a dandelion), if you’re not busy doing similar, please join in with a whole group of wonderful solitary-bee loving enthusiasts over on Twitter tomorrow between 11:00am - 12:00pm 🐝

If you’d like to learn more about this essential little pollinators, or know someone who would, or you’ve enjoyed them this summer or are looking forward to them returning, please follow @solitarybeeweek over on Twitter and tag in any questions, photos, or bee-related awesomeness using the hashtag #solitarybeehour 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 #solitarybees #osmialeaiana #naturephotography #nature #naturelovers #apiary #entomology #wildlife #wildlifephotography #autumnwatch #rspb_love_nature #wildlifetrust #30dayswild #greenparty #pollinators #savethebees #foe #beelove #🐝
Precious will again be my lucky mascot for joining in with @solitarybeehour over on Twitter tomorrow 🤗 Though she’ll probably be busy doing what she enjoys best (sticking her little fluffy head into a dandelion), if you’re not busy doing similar, please join in with a whole group of wonderful solitary-bee loving enthusiasts over on Twitter tomorrow between 11:00am - 12:00pm 🐝 If you’d like to learn more about this essential little pollinators, or know someone who would, or you’ve enjoyed them this summer or are looking forward to them returning, please follow @solitarybeeweek over on Twitter and tag in any questions, photos, or bee-related awesomeness using the hashtag #solitarybeehour  🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 #solitarybees  #osmialeaiana  #naturephotography  #nature  #naturelovers  #apiary  #entomology  #wildlife  #wildlifephotography  #autumnwatch  #rspb_love_nature  #wildlifetrust  #30dayswild  #greenparty  #pollinators  #savethebees  #foe  #beelove  #🐝
Twenty, yes twenty, different species of bee in print. (That’s only 1/5th of the one’s I’ve made)
These are for you to frame and put on you wall....😊
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#bees #fiftybees #fibreartist #artistswithpassion #paperartist #sculptors #activistart #beeart #artofinstagram #solitarybees #bee #bumblebees #beekeeper #sculpture #wallart #print #embroidery #vintage
This year we are very excited to share our cluster of eco conservation  awards #ecotourism #green #biodiversiry #smallholding #beefriendly #solitarybees #bugs #devon #environment #nature #green #autismfriendlyholiday #asd #autism
Another sneaky peek at our #Christmas bug house designs. Come and see us at one of the fairs we're attending in the run up to Christmas and get a closer look ☃🎅🎄 http://homesforbugs.co.uk/calendar #reclaimedwood #recycle #upcycle #handmade #savethebees #gifts #solitarybees #redmasonbee #savetheenvironment #pollinate #beehotel #bughouse #pollinators #bugs #insects #woodworking #wood #ladybird #gardening
O design é capaz de solucionar problemas que muitas vezes nem passaram pela nossa cabeça. Já parou para pensar que a extinção das abelhas é uma questão latente que prejudica o equilíbrio ambiental no mundo todo? Pois o estúdio de design mexicano @maliarts_net usou sua expertise para criar uma possível solução para o problema: uma série de três estruturas para abelhas solitárias que vivem em ambientes urbanos. O projeto foi chamado de Refúgio e pretende fornecer as necessidades básicas de abrigo, comida e água para diferentes espécies de abelhas solitárias. Uma das estruturas funciona tanto como local de descanso quanto como ninho; a outra é um bebedouro e a terceira contém alimentos, para áreas sem flores suficientes. Descubra mais sobre o projeto engajado no nosso site (casavogue.globo.com).
O design é capaz de solucionar problemas que muitas vezes nem passaram pela nossa cabeça. Já parou para pensar que a extinção das abelhas é uma questão latente que prejudica o equilíbrio ambiental no mundo todo? Pois o estúdio de design mexicano @maliarts_net usou sua expertise para criar uma possível solução para o problema: uma série de três estruturas para abelhas solitárias que vivem em ambientes urbanos. O projeto foi chamado de Refúgio e pretende fornecer as necessidades básicas de abrigo, comida e água para diferentes espécies de abelhas solitárias. Uma das estruturas funciona tanto como local de descanso quanto como ninho; a outra é um bebedouro e a terceira contém alimentos, para áreas sem flores suficientes. Descubra mais sobre o projeto engajado no nosso site (casavogue.globo.com).
We had a great turnout today for our field trip to Rutgers Gardens! We went on a quick hike to find some reeds to make solitary bee homes! We’ll be hosting more events like this in the future so definitely stay tuned for more announcements about it! #beekeeping #solitarybees #fallhike
We had a great turnout today for our field trip to Rutgers Gardens! We went on a quick hike to find some reeds to make solitary bee homes! We’ll be hosting more events like this in the future so definitely stay tuned for more announcements about it! #beekeeping  #solitarybees  #fallhike 
WATCH to learn how you can save the pollinators and our food supply!
𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐔𝐑𝐕𝐄𝐘 𝐀𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 👉🏻 𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐊 𝐈𝐍 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐁𝐈𝐎
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#pollination #wildflowers #pollinators #gardening #coupleswhogarden #marriedlife #bee #butterfly #savethepollinators #savethebees #savetheplanet #flowerpower #science #citizenscience #nativebees #solitarybees #scienceoutreach #nature #wildlife #animals #pet #earth #environmentalism #progressive #positivechange
WATCH to learn how you can save the pollinators and our food supply! 𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐔𝐑𝐕𝐄𝐘 𝐀𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 👉🏻 𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐊 𝐈𝐍 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐁𝐈𝐎 . . . #pollination  #wildflowers  #pollinators  #gardening  #coupleswhogarden  #marriedlife  #bee  #butterfly  #savethepollinators  #savethebees  #savetheplanet  #flowerpower  #science  #citizenscience  #nativebees  #solitarybees  #scienceoutreach  #nature  #wildlife  #animals  #pet  #earth  #environmentalism  #progressive  #positivechange 
Today I constructed my new pollinator house! 🐝🏠 Hopefully some solitary-nesting native bees will take up residence soon! 😊
Today I constructed my new pollinator house! 🐝🏠 Hopefully some solitary-nesting native bees will take up residence soon! 😊
Westbeth visits the fantastic Carmine St Guitars  on Carmine St in the West Village. A documentary about this legendary place and owner, Rick Kelly, who builds custom made electric guitars out of 100 year old wood salvaged from Manhattan demolished buildings,  just premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2018. Rick gave the person behind Westbeth Instagram some leftover wood so she could build houses for solitary bees.  Thank you Rick. Cindy Hulej does custom engraving at the shop. @carminestreetguitars @cindyguitars @westbeth_artists_housing #customguitar #salvagedwood #solitarybees #electricguitars @gvshp_nyc #nycguitarstore
Westbeth visits the fantastic Carmine St Guitars on Carmine St in the West Village. A documentary about this legendary place and owner, Rick Kelly, who builds custom made electric guitars out of 100 year old wood salvaged from Manhattan demolished buildings, just premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2018. Rick gave the person behind Westbeth Instagram some leftover wood so she could build houses for solitary bees. Thank you Rick. Cindy Hulej does custom engraving at the shop. @carminestreetguitars @cindyguitars @westbeth_artists_housing #customguitar  #salvagedwood  #solitarybees  #electricguitars  @gvshp_nyc #nycguitarstore 
Had fun cracking open the reeds my busy little Osmia bee's filled over the summer!🐝 #osmiabeecompany #solitarybees #beeproducer #savethebees
The Beepost was designed to help create a space for nature in a landscape, a home for solitary bees to nest in but much more besides. 
Standing at 2 metres tall The Beepost works equally well in a modern, contemporary landscape or a more simple project. 
Designed and made in Cornwall.
The Beepost was designed to help create a space for nature in a landscape, a home for solitary bees to nest in but much more besides. Standing at 2 metres tall The Beepost works equally well in a modern, contemporary landscape or a more simple project. Designed and made in Cornwall.
The leaf-cutter bee megachile centuncularis is one of a number of small, solitary leaf-cutter bees. Leaf-cutter bees nest in holes in plants stems, dead wood, cliffs or old walls, and can be seen in gardens. They famously cut discs out of leaves they particularly like roses, gluing together wth saliva in order to build the cells in which their larvae live. The larvae hatch and develop, pupating in Autumn and hibernating over winter. The leaf-cutter bee is on the wing from April to August, and feeds solely on pollen and nectar. It is best recognised by its habit of carrying pieces of leaf back to its nest; semi-circular holes in the leaves of garden plants also denote its presence. There are various species of leaf-cutter bee in Britain, which are very difficult to tell apart. Solitary need and wasps are important pollinators for all kinds of plants, including those which we rely on like fruit trees. You can help too: encourage bees and wasps into your garden by providing nectar-rich flower borders and fruit trees. ❤🐝😊
The leaf-cutter bee megachile centuncularis is one of a number of small, solitary leaf-cutter bees. Leaf-cutter bees nest in holes in plants stems, dead wood, cliffs or old walls, and can be seen in gardens. They famously cut discs out of leaves they particularly like roses, gluing together wth saliva in order to build the cells in which their larvae live. The larvae hatch and develop, pupating in Autumn and hibernating over winter. The leaf-cutter bee is on the wing from April to August, and feeds solely on pollen and nectar. It is best recognised by its habit of carrying pieces of leaf back to its nest; semi-circular holes in the leaves of garden plants also denote its presence. There are various species of leaf-cutter bee in Britain, which are very difficult to tell apart. Solitary need and wasps are important pollinators for all kinds of plants, including those which we rely on like fruit trees. You can help too: encourage bees and wasps into your garden by providing nectar-rich flower borders and fruit trees. ❤🐝😊
Did you know that not all bees live in colonies? Solitary bees make up 90% of the bee population and are actually more efficient pollinators than their honeybee sisters. Help support them by planting wildflowers and providing nesting spots like this beautiful bee house at the top of #Grousemountain. 
#beefacts #themoreyouknow #beekind #beehouse #solitarybees #masonbeeslivehere #beebloggers #savethebees
This is one of my faves from the Nest series.  #nest #solitarybees #porcelain #contemporaryart @carnealsimmons #blue #ceramics #texasartist #dallasartist
Love working with rescued wood..so interesting and full of character. Wonder what stories this piece could tell?  #nailholes #woodgrain #recycle #upcycle #reclaimedwood #savethebees #solitarybees #redmasonbee #handmade  #savetheenvironment #pollinate #beehotel #bughouse #pollinators  #bugs #insects #woodworking #wood
We watched a leaf-miner bee (non-native) pair setting up their home in a white pineapple plant today
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The solitary pair go out and cut circles out of leaves, bring them back and manipulate the leaf to make tubes
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Watching the bees reminded us of how barren the pastures were when we bought the farm. Seeing bees, grasshoppers, and ladybugs just show up and thrive is a big pat-on-the-back for us.
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Welcome to the pineapple patch Mr. and Mrs. Bee! 🐝🐝 .
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#regenerativeagriculture #pollinator #bees #hawaiifarm #womenwhofarm #wildbees #bigislandbeekeepers #🐝 #solitarybees #honomu
We watched a leaf-miner bee (non-native) pair setting up their home in a white pineapple plant today . The solitary pair go out and cut circles out of leaves, bring them back and manipulate the leaf to make tubes . Watching the bees reminded us of how barren the pastures were when we bought the farm. Seeing bees, grasshoppers, and ladybugs just show up and thrive is a big pat-on-the-back for us. . Welcome to the pineapple patch Mr. and Mrs. Bee! 🐝🐝 . . . #regenerativeagriculture  #pollinator  #bees  #hawaiifarm  #womenwhofarm  #wildbees  #bigislandbeekeepers  #🐝 #solitarybees  #honomu 
Our new blog post is up! Do you know where pollinators go in the winter? Click the link in our bio to find out! (📸 by Anthony Colangelo / @anthcolanger ) -

#pollinator #pollinators #bee #bees #butterflies #butterfly #butterfliesofinstagram #hummingbird #birds #birdsofinstagram #bumblebee #bumblebees #honeybee #honeybees #solitarybee #solitarybees
Oh my gourd! 🎃 It's #nationalpumpkinday, so enjoy these 5 fun facts about squash bees:⠀
🐝 These specialists only collect pollen from squash flowers. This, along with their hairy bodies, makes them excellent squash pollinators. ⠀
🐝 They start foraging very early in the morning when the flowers open, often before full daylight.⠀
🐝 By midday, females return to their nest while the males often take a nap in the wilted blooms.⠀
🐝 Peponapis (a genus of squash bee) means "pumpkin bee" in Greek.⠀
🐝 Squash bees are solitary, ground-nesting bees.⠀
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Comment with a 🎃 to thank these bees for their pollination services! (P.S. Although not as efficient as squash bees, honeybees and bumblebees can also pollinate pumpkins.)
Oh my gourd! 🎃 It's #nationalpumpkinday , so enjoy these 5 fun facts about squash bees:⠀ 🐝 These specialists only collect pollen from squash flowers. This, along with their hairy bodies, makes them excellent squash pollinators. ⠀ 🐝 They start foraging very early in the morning when the flowers open, often before full daylight.⠀ 🐝 By midday, females return to their nest while the males often take a nap in the wilted blooms.⠀ 🐝 Peponapis (a genus of squash bee) means "pumpkin bee" in Greek.⠀ 🐝 Squash bees are solitary, ground-nesting bees.⠀ ⠀ Comment with a 🎃 to thank these bees for their pollination services! (P.S. Although not as efficient as squash bees, honeybees and bumblebees can also pollinate pumpkins.)
Why do we bring our bees in each June and wash them in the fall? This block was left out all summer and predators have killed almost all the developing bees 😢. Coming soon: detailed photos of our cleaning process on our blog at www.rentmasonbees.com #beecleaning #solitarybees #masonbees
Why do we bring our bees in each June and wash them in the fall? This block was left out all summer and predators have killed almost all the developing bees 😢. Coming soon: detailed photos of our cleaning process on our blog at www.rentmasonbees.com #beecleaning  #solitarybees  #masonbees 
One of the most likely species of solitary bee you’ll spot nesting in a bee hotel or a Green&Blue Bee Brick or Block is the red mason bee.
These beautiful bees are one of the first to emerge as it starts to warm up in mid to late Spring. 
The males emerge first from the nest and, after feeding, wait, kind of patiently, for the females to emerge. There’s generally around a two week gap. 
Once the females have emerged and mating has taken place it’s kind of over for the males and they cease their existence (hard to think of the nicest way to put that!)
The females then begin the job of nesting, their life’s work. ...To be continued!
One of the most likely species of solitary bee you’ll spot nesting in a bee hotel or a Green&Blue Bee Brick or Block is the red mason bee. These beautiful bees are one of the first to emerge as it starts to warm up in mid to late Spring. The males emerge first from the nest and, after feeding, wait, kind of patiently, for the females to emerge. There’s generally around a two week gap. Once the females have emerged and mating has taken place it’s kind of over for the males and they cease their existence (hard to think of the nicest way to put that!) The females then begin the job of nesting, their life’s work. ...To be continued!
Over 100 clean Orchard Mason Bee cocoons that we will be able to hatch in the spring! Sshhhhhh, they're sleeping. #honeybeeconservancy #orchardmasonbees #solitarybees #beecocoons #peliongarden #CHSapiaryclub #WNYbeekeepers #healthybee #pollinatorgarden #fruittreepollinator #springpollinators #schoolgarden #beeclub
This Thursday! See who's sleeping in your bee house. 🐝 #nativebees #RaiseNativeBees #pollinators
Whole bunch of busy bees during Lewisburg’s Beekeeping Club today. Hanging bee hotels! #savethebees #solitarybees #honeybees
Made a bee hotel! 🐝 these are perfect for solitary bees like the ones I'm doing my masters project on this year (red mason bees). Going to put it up in the garden and see if anything nests ❤ #bees #solitarybees #conservation #nature #cute
Made a bee hotel! 🐝 these are perfect for solitary bees like the ones I'm doing my masters project on this year (red mason bees). Going to put it up in the garden and see if anything nests ❤ #bees  #solitarybees  #conservation  #nature  #cute 
Colletes hederae, or, the Ivy Bee.
On the wing from early September until early November making it the last solitary bee species to emerge each year.
First recorded as new to Britain in 2001. 
Photo shared by Lisa Williams on Twitter during #solitarybeehour as part of @solitarybeeweek.
Have you spotted ivy bees where you are?
Share your recordings with Bwars if you can, but we’d love to hear about what you’ve been spotting.
Colletes hederae, or, the Ivy Bee. On the wing from early September until early November making it the last solitary bee species to emerge each year. First recorded as new to Britain in 2001. Photo shared by Lisa Williams on Twitter during #solitarybeehour  as part of @solitarybeeweek. Have you spotted ivy bees where you are? Share your recordings with Bwars if you can, but we’d love to hear about what you’ve been spotting.
Bees enjoying the warmth and the aster #autumngarden #solitarybees #aster
Hello friends, it’s been too long since we’ve interacted. Larry and I have been busy as a bee, #beekeeperjokes #dadjokes with renovating and restoring our house after it flooded in February. Earlier this year, beehives, bee related decor, solitary bee houses, hive tools, and rebranding were all in the early stages of design! With a few setbacks, we are still here and still in love with our beehives. .
Story time, .
One of the landowners where we keep beehives was explaining to his son why the bees were there. He said, we keep them in boxes and steal their honey because they are too dumb to notice. I see where he is coming from, but beekeeping is SO much more! Larry and I talk about bees all the time, we love them! We want them to thrive and be healthy. To have plenty of flowers to pollinate. They are fascinating, and we learn something new every time we read a book or open the hive. .
Yes, there is honey involved and dang, is it delicious. But, sometimes there isn’t, and we love them just the same. .
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Hello friends, it’s been too long since we’ve interacted. Larry and I have been busy as a bee, #beekeeperjokes  #dadjokes  with renovating and restoring our house after it flooded in February. Earlier this year, beehives, bee related decor, solitary bee houses, hive tools, and rebranding were all in the early stages of design! With a few setbacks, we are still here and still in love with our beehives. . Story time, . One of the landowners where we keep beehives was explaining to his son why the bees were there. He said, we keep them in boxes and steal their honey because they are too dumb to notice. I see where he is coming from, but beekeeping is SO much more! Larry and I talk about bees all the time, we love them! We want them to thrive and be healthy. To have plenty of flowers to pollinate. They are fascinating, and we learn something new every time we read a book or open the hive. . Yes, there is honey involved and dang, is it delicious. But, sometimes there isn’t, and we love them just the same. . 📸@thetabascokid . . . . .#beekeeper  #indianabeekeepers  #bees  #pollinators  #bee  #butterflies  #naturalist  #getoutdoors  #beeobsessed  #honeybees  #solitarybees  #honeybee  #farmlife  #riverrats 
Little resin bee taking up the offer of the remaining wax and resins left on the tools I used. The little natives are also using it! #resinbee #resinbees #solitarybee #solitarybees #naturespollinators #projectbeehive #stinglessbees #nativebees #beehives #australian #spring #savethebees #savethebees🐝 #beesmeanlife #pollination #natural
Woo hoo! The bees are makin' babies in their thrift store condo. #bees #pollinatorswelcome #solitarybees
OBA is asking for your donation to help us continue to advocate for orchard bees. www.gofundme.com/bee-giving
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#beegiving #orchardbees #solitarybees #orchardbeeassociation #pollination
Making gift bags for the bee houses. #thebeeswaggle #gifts #bees #solitarybees
A diverse population of insects is essential for the health of both vegetables and flowers. Many insects can actually help control and reduce the pests in your garden.
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These tiny heroes are solitary insects like butterflies, moths, ladybugs and solitary bees. Without a colony and with humans constantly destroying their habitats these insects struggle to find warm, dry spaces to build their nests.
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Insect hotels are a great option to support these little critters!
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The kids are building them at school and Mr 5 enjoyed salvaging materials and demonstrated how to make one for home.
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#insecthotel #bees #insects #nature #savethebees #horticulture #protectpollinators #insectsofinstagram #pollinatorswelcomehere #pollinatorswelcome #plant #pollinatorgarden #pollinators #eco #insect #solitarybees #recycle #bugs #butterfly #world #naturelovers #vegegarden #gardening #vegepatch #growyourownfood #gardenlife #gardenlove #saveplanet #sustainable #ecofriendly
A diverse population of insects is essential for the health of both vegetables and flowers. Many insects can actually help control and reduce the pests in your garden. . These tiny heroes are solitary insects like butterflies, moths, ladybugs and solitary bees. Without a colony and with humans constantly destroying their habitats these insects struggle to find warm, dry spaces to build their nests. . Insect hotels are a great option to support these little critters! . The kids are building them at school and Mr 5 enjoyed salvaging materials and demonstrated how to make one for home. . . . #insecthotel  #bees  #insects  #nature  #savethebees  #horticulture  #protectpollinators  #insectsofinstagram  #pollinatorswelcomehere  #pollinatorswelcome  #plant  #pollinatorgarden  #pollinators  #eco  #insect  #solitarybees  #recycle  #bugs  #butterfly  #world  #naturelovers  #vegegarden  #gardening  #vegepatch  #growyourownfood  #gardenlife  #gardenlove  #saveplanet  #sustainable  #ecofriendly 
We have a cool new event this weekend at our Division street store! It’s a different kind of harvest party - harvesting mason bees! 
PNW native mason bees are non-aggressive, fun to watch, easy to raise, AND they are very efficient pollinators. Learn about harvesting and more from the experts @crown_bees This is a free event and all are welcome. 
Oh! And if you have them, BYO bees!
#masonbeeharvest
We have a cool new event this weekend at our Division street store! It’s a different kind of harvest party - harvesting mason bees! PNW native mason bees are non-aggressive, fun to watch, easy to raise, AND they are very efficient pollinators. Learn about harvesting and more from the experts @crown_bees This is a free event and all are welcome. Oh! And if you have them, BYO bees! #masonbeeharvest 
🌿🐝RePost! @PhelanGardens is one of our amazing customers @SuperMoss & they have  a recent resident in their #MasonBeeHive that they purchased from us – Too COOL, they have these in stock at their #GardenCenter in #Colorado…
______Go pop over to their IG or FB accounts and give them a follow! ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
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#MasonBees #Pollinators #Solitarybees #BeeHouse #PollinatorPower #PhelanGardens #LetsGetGrowing #Horticulture #Horticultured #ColoradoSprings  #ColoradoGardening #Smallbusiness
🌿🐝RePost! @PhelanGardens is one of our amazing customers @SuperMoss & they have a recent resident in their #MasonBeeHive  that they purchased from us – Too COOL, they have these in stock at their #GardenCenter  in #Colorado … ______Go pop over to their IG or FB accounts and give them a follow! ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ . . . #MasonBees  #Pollinators  #Solitarybees  #BeeHouse  #PollinatorPower  #PhelanGardens  #LetsGetGrowing  #Horticulture  #Horticultured  #ColoradoSprings  #ColoradoGardening  #Smallbusiness 
They are using these stones to build their homes. It has given habitat for #solitarybees for nesting/egg laying ☺️
They are using these stones to build their homes. It has given habitat for #solitarybees  for nesting/egg laying ☺️
I used very broad #brushes while interpreting and #drawing today’s #Inktober theme.  Considering #bone (the #Oceantoberday17 prompt), I went from #skeleton to #exoskeleton to #Hylaeus #anthracinus, one of our endemic #HawaiianYellowFacedBee species. 
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This quick #sketch with a side of #sgraffito was done during our local #Inktober2018 lunchtime meetup in #Honolulu. Want to join? Drop us a line! 
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Have you ever seen #yellowfaced #bees in the wild?  I have yet to find them in their natural habitat but I am intrigued and am keeping my eyes peeled for them! 
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#Hawaii #naturalhistory #entomology #solitarybees #Hylaeusanthracinus #sciart #artandnature
I used very broad #brushes  while interpreting and #drawing  today’s #Inktober  theme. Considering #bone  (the #Oceantoberday17  prompt), I went from #skeleton  to #exoskeleton  to #Hylaeus  #anthracinus , one of our endemic #HawaiianYellowFacedBee  species. #🐝 This quick #sketch  with a side of #sgraffito  was done during our local #Inktober2018  lunchtime meetup in #Honolulu . Want to join? Drop us a line! #✍️ Have you ever seen #yellowfaced  #bees  in the wild? I have yet to find them in their natural habitat but I am intrigued and am keeping my eyes peeled for them! #🧐 #Hawaii  #naturalhistory  #entomology  #solitarybees  #Hylaeusanthracinus  #sciart  #artandnature 
You may notice pollinator hotels all over The Clubhouse Farm when you visit.

Here, a leaf cutter bee has filled a bamboo hollow, sealing it off with leaves, and an orchard mason bee has used the one above it, finishing it off with a little mud wall. Both of these solitary, gentle, efficient pollinators make a nest of nectar and pollen. They lay an egg, and seal off the nest with a little wall which will start the next space for another egg. This process continues until there is no more room in the hollow, and the mother bee flies off to perhaps start another nest. Once the eggs hatch, the new little bees eat their snack and dig their way out into the world! These wonderful creatures do so much for us! 
These pollinator hotels will be stored in the shed over the winter, as these nurseries are a potential self-serve snack for predators. The bamboo hollows won't be used again because they could harbor mites or fungus harmful to the young bees. Next year, it's all reusable wooden trays! 
#pollinators #borderfreebees #outdoorclassroom #thisisourclassroom #learningoutcomes #naturecurriculum #solitarybees
You may notice pollinator hotels all over The Clubhouse Farm when you visit. Here, a leaf cutter bee has filled a bamboo hollow, sealing it off with leaves, and an orchard mason bee has used the one above it, finishing it off with a little mud wall. Both of these solitary, gentle, efficient pollinators make a nest of nectar and pollen. They lay an egg, and seal off the nest with a little wall which will start the next space for another egg. This process continues until there is no more room in the hollow, and the mother bee flies off to perhaps start another nest. Once the eggs hatch, the new little bees eat their snack and dig their way out into the world! These wonderful creatures do so much for us! These pollinator hotels will be stored in the shed over the winter, as these nurseries are a potential self-serve snack for predators. The bamboo hollows won't be used again because they could harbor mites or fungus harmful to the young bees. Next year, it's all reusable wooden trays! #pollinators  #borderfreebees  #outdoorclassroom  #thisisourclassroom  #learningoutcomes  #naturecurriculum  #solitarybees 
Our yard is home to seemingly hundreds of these solitary bee homes! 👉 Swipe to see a picture of what their underground living quarters look like 😍 (📷 Photo is of a UF IFAS brochure all about native pollinators). Sweat bees, mining bees, long horned bees and many others live underground. .
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Snugs as bugs in rugs 🤗🐝 Not counting the bees in quarantine, I have 365 bees in nurseries and my folks have 158. So between us we have 523 bees in my bee cabinet ready to sleep soundly until next year. Need to compare last year’s bee numbers, but my parents only had 39 leaf cutter bees. 
With notes taken as to where each species were in what garden/height/direction I now need to check for patterns and what plants/trees/shrubs/flowers were nearby. 
That took AGES! 😅🐝 Can’t wait to meet you babees 🤗💕 #bee #solitarybees #overwintering #babees #leafcutterbee #osmialeaiana #beekeeping #solitarybeekeeping #emsbeeandbee #emtomology #mummabear #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #pollinators #🐝 #snugasabug #snugasabuginarug #😴
Snugs as bugs in rugs 🤗🐝 Not counting the bees in quarantine, I have 365 bees in nurseries and my folks have 158. So between us we have 523 bees in my bee cabinet ready to sleep soundly until next year. Need to compare last year’s bee numbers, but my parents only had 39 leaf cutter bees. With notes taken as to where each species were in what garden/height/direction I now need to check for patterns and what plants/trees/shrubs/flowers were nearby. That took AGES! 😅🐝 Can’t wait to meet you babees 🤗💕 #bee  #solitarybees  #overwintering  #babees  #leafcutterbee  #osmialeaiana  #beekeeping  #solitarybeekeeping  #emsbeeandbee  #emtomology  #mummabear  #nature  #naturephotography  #naturelovers  #pollinators  #🐝 #snugasabug  #snugasabuginarug  #😴
Another shiny seal/plug 🤔

Inside a cane I looked at a week or so ago in the über hive that was exactly the same shininess, when opening, tiny, almost honey-like cells were visible but empty ☹️ this one has something inside. In fact it has a few somethings inside... Marked it up as another ‘?’ but am intrigued over this...might be a Hylaeus species? 🤔

#bee #solitarybees #overwintering #babees #leafcutterbee #solitarywasp #beekeeping #solitarybeekeeping #emsbeeandbee #emtomology #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #pollinators #🐝#iwannabeshiny
Another shiny seal/plug 🤔 Inside a cane I looked at a week or so ago in the über hive that was exactly the same shininess, when opening, tiny, almost honey-like cells were visible but empty ☹️ this one has something inside. In fact it has a few somethings inside... Marked it up as another ‘?’ but am intrigued over this...might be a Hylaeus species? 🤔 #bee  #solitarybees  #overwintering  #babees  #leafcutterbee  #solitarywasp  #beekeeping  #solitarybeekeeping  #emsbeeandbee  #emtomology  #nature  #naturephotography  #naturelovers  #pollinators  #🐝#iwannabeshiny 
Solitary bee mums are a protective bunch 🐝 I never get tired of seeing the lengths they’ll go to protecting babees they’ll never know/meet or nurture. Thought I’d put a ruler next to some of the leaf cutter canes I opened today. Some had less cells than protection. The leaf pieces and various masticated wall pattern changes from cane-to-cane, bee-to-bee. Though each species has it own unique way of protecting their babees, they mix it up to protect (I believe) the predators they know are about. 
#bee #solitarybees #overwintering #babees #leafcutterbee #osmialeaiana #beekeeping #solitarybeekeeping #emsbeeandbee #emtomology #mummabear #nature #wildlife #naturephotography #naturelovers #pollinators #🐝
Solitary bee mums are a protective bunch 🐝 I never get tired of seeing the lengths they’ll go to protecting babees they’ll never know/meet or nurture. Thought I’d put a ruler next to some of the leaf cutter canes I opened today. Some had less cells than protection. The leaf pieces and various masticated wall pattern changes from cane-to-cane, bee-to-bee. Though each species has it own unique way of protecting their babees, they mix it up to protect (I believe) the predators they know are about. #bee  #solitarybees  #overwintering  #babees  #leafcutterbee  #osmialeaiana  #beekeeping  #solitarybeekeeping  #emsbeeandbee  #emtomology  #mummabear  #nature  #wildlife  #naturephotography  #naturelovers  #pollinators  #🐝
It's Australian Pollinator Week and I welcome all pollinators, solitary or communal to enjoy a sip of nectar or a brush with pollen here at Up_On_The_Rooftop!
Come one, come all!
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#australianpollinatorweek #bees #pollinators #solitarybees #beehive #nectar #pollen #growiteatit #nosprays #growyourownveggies #urbanagriculture #veggiegarden #ediblegarden #organicgarden #growsomethinggreen #growyourownfood #vegetablegarden #balconygarden #containergarden #gardentotable  #gardenersofinstagram #womenwhogrowfood #smallspacegardening #farmer #urbanfarmer #womenwhofarm #urbanagriculture 
#urbanorganicgardener #permaculture
It's Australian Pollinator Week and I welcome all pollinators, solitary or communal to enjoy a sip of nectar or a brush with pollen here at Up_On_The_Rooftop! Come one, come all! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #australianpollinatorweek  #bees  #pollinators  #solitarybees  #beehive  #nectar  #pollen  #growiteatit  #nosprays  #growyourownveggies  #urbanagriculture  #veggiegarden  #ediblegarden  #organicgarden  #growsomethinggreen  #growyourownfood  #vegetablegarden  #balconygarden  #containergarden  #gardentotable  #gardenersofinstagram  #womenwhogrowfood  #smallspacegardening  #farmer  #urbanfarmer  #womenwhofarm  #urbanagriculture  #urbanorganicgardener  #permaculture 
A South facing bank, full of solitary bees! 😍

#happymonday #solitarybees #bees #autumn #Autumnwatch #gooddayatwork
I’ll bee missing taking these shots through the cold months. This is Anthophora sp., digger bee who is solitary. Did you know female solitary bees die at the end of the warm months? They leave their young inside nesting tunnels for the winter, and those young bees weather the winter temperatures ready to emerge next spring/summer. They are in a paused state, frozen until the appropriate season wakes them. #thebeeswaggle #knowyourbees #solitarybees #nativebees #macrophotography #actionphotography #insectphotography #beephotography #naturephotography #bees #nature
I’ll bee missing taking these shots through the cold months. This is Anthophora sp., digger bee who is solitary. Did you know female solitary bees die at the end of the warm months? They leave their young inside nesting tunnels for the winter, and those young bees weather the winter temperatures ready to emerge next spring/summer. They are in a paused state, frozen until the appropriate season wakes them. #thebeeswaggle  #knowyourbees  #solitarybees  #nativebees  #macrophotography  #actionphotography  #insectphotography  #beephotography  #naturephotography  #bees  #nature 
Woodland Green 1 🐝

And now I’m utterly confused 🤔 
Within this hotel was a little orange-vented hatchling from this year. I found her confused and covered in pollen and after safe guarding her cane when cracking it I found four of her babees and a long area loaded with loose pollen. Considering the amount of babies these little bees seem to produce, I’m guessing she moved into this hotel towards the end of her life. I also have my first red Mason/leaf cutter bee shared bamboo cane, though the leaf cutters were not successful. Seeing as the red Mason is a spring bee it would’ve had to chew past the summer bees to get out? Then there are the parasites situated within the Red Mason cells and this is puzzling...some cells failed, but even with these parasites present in other cell chambers, other red Mason’s have successfully spun cocoons and developed?!? I’ve searched through each effected chamber and where cocoons have developed, I’ve candled and cleaned them and they’re all fully formed Mason bees who are a-wiggling and a-buzzing! 🤔

So that’s kinda got me stumped! Not your average chalcid and the spaghetti poo from whatever this parasite is, is new to me this year... So in this hotel 25 leaf cutter babies, 4 orange-vented Mason bees and 29 Red Mason bees (10 of which are in quarantine nurseries). *wibble* 😅🐝 #beehotel #emsbeeandbee #overwintering #babees #bee #solitarybeekeeper #masonbees #beekeeping #solitarybees #leafcutterbee #osmialeaiana #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #naturelovers #pollinators #bughotel #🐝 #entomology
Woodland Green 1 🐝 And now I’m utterly confused 🤔 Within this hotel was a little orange-vented hatchling from this year. I found her confused and covered in pollen and after safe guarding her cane when cracking it I found four of her babees and a long area loaded with loose pollen. Considering the amount of babies these little bees seem to produce, I’m guessing she moved into this hotel towards the end of her life. I also have my first red Mason/leaf cutter bee shared bamboo cane, though the leaf cutters were not successful. Seeing as the red Mason is a spring bee it would’ve had to chew past the summer bees to get out? Then there are the parasites situated within the Red Mason cells and this is puzzling...some cells failed, but even with these parasites present in other cell chambers, other red Mason’s have successfully spun cocoons and developed?!? I’ve searched through each effected chamber and where cocoons have developed, I’ve candled and cleaned them and they’re all fully formed Mason bees who are a-wiggling and a-buzzing! 🤔 So that’s kinda got me stumped! Not your average chalcid and the spaghetti poo from whatever this parasite is, is new to me this year... So in this hotel 25 leaf cutter babies, 4 orange-vented Mason bees and 29 Red Mason bees (10 of which are in quarantine nurseries). *wibble* 😅🐝 #beehotel  #emsbeeandbee  #overwintering  #babees  #bee  #solitarybeekeeper  #masonbees  #beekeeping  #solitarybees  #leafcutterbee  #osmialeaiana  #nature  #naturephotography  #wildlife  #naturelovers  #pollinators  #bughotel  #🐝 #entomology 
My folks other bee boxes 🐝

At the other end of the garden two more boxes were situated due to lots of leaf cutter activity. With only one cell being taken over by chalcid wasps the total between the two was 51 leaf cutter bee babies. Only leaf cutters used these hotels. There are lots of bugs inside the bee hotels and I need to research all of them, but I found a little caterpillar enjoying the leaf padding left behind by one mummy leaf cutter bee and wondered if he chewed a cocoon on his travels? My first sighting of what I believe is a spider-hunting wasp (I think 🤔 look at those antennas wiggle 😄) as lots of little spiders are inside the hotels. Everything other than the babies were safely released back into my folks garden...even the little bug who was playing possum, who was in fact alive 🤗

#beehotel #emsbeeandbee #overwintering #babees #bee #solitarybeekeeper #beekeeping #solitarybees #leafcutterbee #spiderhuntingwasp #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #naturelovers #pollinators #bughotel #🐝
My folks other bee boxes 🐝 At the other end of the garden two more boxes were situated due to lots of leaf cutter activity. With only one cell being taken over by chalcid wasps the total between the two was 51 leaf cutter bee babies. Only leaf cutters used these hotels. There are lots of bugs inside the bee hotels and I need to research all of them, but I found a little caterpillar enjoying the leaf padding left behind by one mummy leaf cutter bee and wondered if he chewed a cocoon on his travels? My first sighting of what I believe is a spider-hunting wasp (I think 🤔 look at those antennas wiggle 😄) as lots of little spiders are inside the hotels. Everything other than the babies were safely released back into my folks garden...even the little bug who was playing possum, who was in fact alive 🤗 #beehotel  #emsbeeandbee  #overwintering  #babees  #bee  #solitarybeekeeper  #beekeeping  #solitarybees  #leafcutterbee  #spiderhuntingwasp  #nature  #naturephotography  #wildlife  #naturelovers  #pollinators  #bughotel  #🐝
Chalcid wasps in the leaf cutter cells 🐝

After putting certain bee cocoons into Quarantine, as soon as the other babees were safeguarded in their nurseries I took the holey cocoons outside for a further look. 2 cocoons were lost due to these little wasps chewing through to the larvae. The adults have died leaving the next generation of chalcid. This is where the leaf cutters are vulnerable as they’ll be in their larvae stage until early next summer when they pupate. Given the chance, these little wasps will use the baby bees as a buffet. Saved the rest of the row and checked them carefully for more holes. Although no more holes were present, the babees in the infected row have been put into separate quarantine nurseries. 
#beehotel #emsbeeandbee #overwintering #babees #bee #solitarybeekeeper #beekeeping #solitarybees #leafcutterbee #chalcidwasp #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #naturelovers #pollinators #bughotel #🐝
Chalcid wasps in the leaf cutter cells 🐝 After putting certain bee cocoons into Quarantine, as soon as the other babees were safeguarded in their nurseries I took the holey cocoons outside for a further look. 2 cocoons were lost due to these little wasps chewing through to the larvae. The adults have died leaving the next generation of chalcid. This is where the leaf cutters are vulnerable as they’ll be in their larvae stage until early next summer when they pupate. Given the chance, these little wasps will use the baby bees as a buffet. Saved the rest of the row and checked them carefully for more holes. Although no more holes were present, the babees in the infected row have been put into separate quarantine nurseries. #beehotel  #emsbeeandbee  #overwintering  #babees  #bee  #solitarybeekeeper  #beekeeping  #solitarybees  #leafcutterbee  #chalcidwasp  #nature  #naturephotography  #wildlife  #naturelovers  #pollinators  #bughotel  #🐝
Green Stripe 1 - my folks bees 🐝 
At one end of the garden I positioned this little hotel. 48 leaf cutter bee babies and 59 orange-vented bee babies later, this little hotel has seen some activity this Summer. Some impressive variations in size of leaf cocoons with the leaf cutters despite choosing hotels that had diameters perfect for our leaf cutters preferred width, there are some whoppers! With only 3 cells failing due to larvae not developing with the Orange-vented Mason’s, it’s still impressive as these bees are new to nesting in my folks garden this Summer. The leaf cutters however had their first visit from the chalcid wasps... Nuts!

#beehotel #emsbeeandbee #overwintering #babees #bee #solitarybeekeeper #beekeeping #solitarybees #leafcutterbee #osmialeaiana #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #naturelovers #pollinators #bughotel #🐝
Green Stripe 1 - my folks bees 🐝 At one end of the garden I positioned this little hotel. 48 leaf cutter bee babies and 59 orange-vented bee babies later, this little hotel has seen some activity this Summer. Some impressive variations in size of leaf cocoons with the leaf cutters despite choosing hotels that had diameters perfect for our leaf cutters preferred width, there are some whoppers! With only 3 cells failing due to larvae not developing with the Orange-vented Mason’s, it’s still impressive as these bees are new to nesting in my folks garden this Summer. The leaf cutters however had their first visit from the chalcid wasps... Nuts! #beehotel  #emsbeeandbee  #overwintering  #babees  #bee  #solitarybeekeeper  #beekeeping  #solitarybees  #leafcutterbee  #osmialeaiana  #nature  #naturephotography  #wildlife  #naturelovers  #pollinators  #bughotel  #🐝