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- 08-07-2010, 12:30 PM #31
Our diy bee nest thingy has been popular. I was lucky enough to see this lass carrying a bit of leaf into the hole -
Some of our sunflowers are just starting to flower, a few from seeds from last year's plants, and the first of the freebie Californian poppies flowered yesterday.
I must remember to get more bee pics!
- 23-05-2012, 08:20 AM #32
Football Manager 2010 ...
Here's some video of a red mason bee* sealing the entrance to a nest tube drilled in a block of wood -
Red mason bee sealing nest hole - YouTube
This year I had the new nest hole block in position by the end of February, with the first [red mason] bee seen entering a nest hole on March 31st. Then we had a long wet cold spell and the first nest hole was plugged on May 11th. The video was taken on May 12th and was 11m 05s long before editing.
* I think!
- 14-06-2012, 01:21 PM #33
It wasn't just FM10, Skyrim must take some of the blame for my lack of updates. But I've finally got the insect pics into some kind of order.
First bees of 2012: March 30th on an ornamental cherry tree -
This might be a female Anthophora plumipes
Also March 30th, on Scabious flowers -
NB - I'm rubbish at identifying bees (and other insects). Feel free to correct any mistaken IDs I make.
- 14-06-2012, 01:25 PM #34
- 14-06-2012, 01:50 PM #35
April 17th, some interest being shown in the nest holes, but none full yet.
A lot of the time there would be a bee or two peeking out of her nest hole watching the world [me] go by.
I'd read that bees didn't like a dusty, splintered nest hole but it seems the bees don't read the same websites as me.
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- 14-06-2012, 06:43 PM #40
Still May 25th.
Starting to think I'm seeing several different species of bee, but I'm really not sure. Is the one on the left different from the one on the right?
I'm pretty sure these aren't red mason bees ...
... but I realized how little I know about our solitary bees. Bee blindness! I can't tell them apart.
Along came a spider
And a red tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) on one of the alliums
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