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Insect Hotels

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Fri May 26, 2017 7:58 am

Last year I bought a cheap insect hotel from Lidl and half of it was colonised by Red mason bees. I'm not sure why they only used the left hand side, but most of the canes were sealed off so they thought it was OK. This year they have come back en mass, not bad for solitary bees, and colonised the whole thing.

So I've splashed out and bought a posh one at the garden centre yesterday. I placed it next to the other one in a sheltered sunny place and within half an hour there were lots more small bees with yellow tails going into that one. I've not identified them yet.

The only thing I'm worried about is that there are some ants near them that can be seen carrying off what looks like pollen, but it might be the bits of clay like stuff they seal the ends up with that falls out when they hatch.
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Re: Insect Hotels

Postby Geoff » Fri May 26, 2017 8:51 am

I've not had that much success with them but if you have woodpeckers be careful where you site them, they have pulled my home made ones to bits.
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Re: Insect Hotels

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Fri May 26, 2017 12:42 pm

Thanks for the warning Geoff, we get greater spotted woodpecker but I've only seen him on the feeders at the back of the house.
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Re: Insect Hotels

Postby Westi » Fri May 26, 2017 8:25 pm

Hi PP!

I bought a Lidl's one as well & have been very happy with it's visitors! (Did a load better than my DIY number)!
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Re: Insect Hotels

Postby tigerburnie » Sat May 27, 2017 9:08 am

One of my grandsons is mad keen on bugs, I will have a go at making one, though he might not like the bees in them
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Re: Insect Hotels

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sat May 27, 2017 7:11 pm

They have sealed up some in my new box today.
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Re: Insect Hotels

Postby Westi » Sat May 27, 2017 9:06 pm

Hi PP!

Your herb bed looks very lush, I might re-site my Lidl's number seeing this! Mine is on the shed wall but only horseradish to entice it in that spot. I went for shelter for them thinking they would venture out further for food, but logic says I have to entice them to the site first!
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Re: Insect Hotels

Postby Pa Snip » Sat May 27, 2017 9:18 pm

Westi,
It may be bugging your potential hotel users that your insect hotel is not listed on traveljungle.co.uk
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