An irregular blog of photos taken by me of insects and other natural history subjects on my travels around Yorkshire, Britain and Europe. Hopefully you'll find them useful in putting a name to your own specimens but always check your identifications with an expert.

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Bee Hotel, Front Garden, 29/04/11

I purchased some Red Mason Bee tubes about three weeks ago, despite never having recorded a tube nesting bee in my garden before, then made a rather rustic 'bee hotel' to put them in. I placed it in my front garden, south facing as suggested and kept an eye on it over the past couple of weeks, half expecting that it would be taken over by spiders or even not being occupied at all. This morning I casually glanced at it and noticed that a couple of the tubes appeared to be blocked...so I took a closer look and, much to my surprise, I saw three little faces looking back at me.

Bee Hotel

The occupants - Osmia rufa
Male = pale face Female = dark face

2 comments:

Blackbird said...

Great idea to buy the tubes and build your bee hotel to hold them. Where did you get them from?

Tom said...

They're replacement Red Mason Bee tubes which I bought from CJ Wildbird Foods http://www.birdfood.co.uk. Unfortunately it appears that they're out of stock now.