Give your rake a break — leave safe places for solitary bees to spend the winter! 🍂🍁🐝 @xercessociety shares all the important reasons why and more great tips — read the #linkinbio and spread the word. 🙏
Apologies for the #sheshed spam, but... *excitement*!!Yesterday, just as I was telling a good buddy at work about some long coveted plans to keep #bees and #nativebees this cute #beehotel was gifted to us (from another friend!). If you’ve read the book ‘The honeybee’s heart has five openings’ by Helen Jukes you’ll share my excitement about that reference! Here’s our ‘Beedapest Hotel’ - ready for instalment on the southwest wall of #miasglorioussheshed right next to #miaskitchengarden Did you know that a huge proportion of #native bees are #solitarybees ? Hopefully some will enjoy our hospitality 🌱🌼🐝🌸🌷🐝
Spent the afternoon with the nephews doing some renovations to a bee/insect hotel we bought from @bunnings We removed the wire and loose timber offcuts from the bottom section; and added more bamboo and some pithy lantana stems. We also redrilled the larger holes so they were deeper and added a few smaller holes.
The bottom section will oneday be filled with some clay (when we can find some; any suggestions?) for the blue banded bees.
And finally, we finished it off with a few coats of beetroot juice which gave it a nice rosy colour. #beehotel#australiannativebees#nativebees#solitarybees#thispatchofdirt#noideawhatimdoing
It was fascinating watching the leaf cutter bees in my garden over the summer. They made their nests in pots in our greenhouse, then covered the entrance up with little stones when they were finished. I don't want to disturb them so unfortunately that does mean some plants can't be moved or potted up for now.
There was one bee which was particularly sweet - every morning when we went to open the greenhouse door it was waiting to go in, back to building it's nest. They obviously remember their favourite routes - the window was left open to the greenhouse so it could have just gone in and out whenever it wanted, but no, it had to use the door!! There was another bee which I think must have been making a nest in my strawberry container. I had to move the pot and the bee was totally confused - it kept flying around looking lost (the pot was only a short distance away). Poor bee! I hope it found the nest again!
1. The Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) is officially out in the Aberystwyth area. The ivy itself is a few days off from fully flowering, so should expect to see more of these guys. This one at the same site I had them at last year.
2. Thick-thighed Hoverfly (Syritta pippiens) female, enjoying the garden mint.
3. The marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus). A common hoverfly, but always photogenic.
4 & 5. The speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) 🦗. I don't think I've ever come across an adult of this species before, despite them being so common. Male pictured.
6, 7 and 8. Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) loving the squished rotting pears in the garden. So much so, they were getting on each others nerves.
9. Eristalis tenax female. Another common hoverfly, but this individual was particularly fresh in appearance.
Stumbled across a swarm of solitary bees. Solitary stingless bees so relax people. So called because they live alone. The UK has 250+ different bee species. 90% of which are solitary. They’re far better pollinators than social bees. One red mason bee is the equivalent of 120 honeybees in the pollination it provides. They also don’t have pollen baskets like their honey bee cousins. They lose a lot of pollen after visiting flowers which in turn helps pollinate the flower. #mantralandscapes#pollinators#solitarybees#bees#savethebees#thebeesknees#savetheworld
🐝20 + Reeves Filled with Cocoons for next years offspring!🐝😎🤙🐝One of these Reeves on average holds 6 + Cocoons! Rough estimate I'm holding around 100 baby bee Cocoons here! So excited to crack these Reeves open in October. From there they will go in a container and be stored in the Refrigerator to hibernate through the winter.
Next spring I will get them out of the fridge and put them in a release box that will be placed in my bee house #beeproducer#solitarybees#savethebees 🐝 🐝
Bonus garden blog today! All about how I garden for pollinators, what I mean by my 75/25 planting plan, what you can plant if you want to help our bug friends, what to plant now for next spring and how the @the_rhs Perfect for Pollinator scheme is a good place to start. Also links to @bumblebeeconservationtrust and @savebutterflies. Link in bio. (Ps, this photo is probably one of my favourites ever, taken by me at Sissinghurst @nationaltrust. No idea what type of bees they are though)
The Great Escape 🐝
The girls getting ready to go! A majority of them have flown. With 4 not quite ready to leave and still grooming (but it’s a sunny day tomorrow too) and one of those is just refusing to come out of her cocoon!?! Two have sadly passed away 😞 but all the others have gone! Trying to head count and monitor them was fun, with a couple launching out of their tank like speeding bullets! Got landed on many times and was lovely seeing them fly. I have no idea how well they’re going to do, but have moved lots of flowers I bought last week for them outside, removed cobwebs from all visible areas and have no tenants in the bee hotels it’ll be interesting if they stay close by...
One of the girls was immediately grabbed by one of boys so I might end up with 7 eyed bees as I think they’re all related 🤔
Good luck little ones 🤗🐝💕 #bees#solitarybees#osmialeaiana#pollinators#pollinatorgarden#solitarybee#goodluck#naturelovers#naturephotography#havefun#keepsafe#dontforgettowrite #🐝
So many of these Bee Bricks heading out all over the country in our perfectly imperfect seconds sale, as named by you all. It ends on Monday so hurry if you want to snag a bit of a bargain, not quite perfect but still just right for 🐝.
How is it possible? Only two more days left to see the second leg of the FIFTY BEES project, the bees and all of the incredible companion artworks - I’m going to be sad to see this show come down.
What do you mean you haven’t been there yet? Get your skates on. Open tomorrow, Friday 31st August from 9am to 1pm.
Oh, and if that wasn’t a short deadline enough, you’ve got 24 hours to apply to be in FIFTY BEES 3! Phew!
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Today I will bee mostly at my talented sisters exhibition @fifty_bees.....