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24/11/2011 at 15:27
can you imagine a world with out bees, honey and all the other things that bees contribute to our planet.
24/11/2011 at 15:27
Dear Gardeners World, Your bee identifier pictures in the magazine do not match the bee identifier pictures on the conservation website. This is very confusing as I do not know which bee I have now seen.

The differences are in the pictures for the Early bee, Bombus pratorum and the Red tailed-bee Bombus lapidarus. i.e. the magazine has the pratorum with one yellow band and you have on your website the same bee with two yellow bands.

Best Wishes
24/11/2011 at 15:27
I have a north facing garden , but the bees still seem to like it
24/11/2011 at 15:28
fantastic, once again the grand children had fun making this with me. i have a friend who cuts the wood, and we do the rest. thank you.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
Nice overview, but a few important details were left out. Site the nest somewhere that doesn't get much direct sunlight. Bumblebees don’t manage high temperatures well. Also, you should have at least two ventilation holes in the flowerpot, secured against ants with mosquito netting.

I built my own flower pot bumblebee nest a while ago. More tips about increasing the chances of having a thriving bumblebee family move in, see
24/11/2011 at 15:29
does this actually work? i mean do they know that its a home and go to it?
26/10/2013 at 10:04
I'm a little concerned with this design, as the pipe will fill up with water when it rains and trap the bees inside. Like the U bend on a toilet, which prevents the sewerage smells entering your home.

26/10/2013 at 10:26

I'm concerned at the photo showing dangerous practice in the use of an electric drill - one slip and he's drilling a hole through his sock into his ankle 


26/10/2013 at 10:40

lol Dove wonder if his feet got drilled

16/04/2016 at 19:41
I'm not sure if anyone else has commented on the size of the hose/piping used, but on the bumblebee conservation website they say the internal diameter has to be at least 18mm. Otherwise, great instructions!
16/04/2016 at 20:03

Urszula ..... B. pratorum queens have two yellow bands and an orangey tail. Workers may have two, or just the yellow collar (plus the orange tail).

B.Lapidarus queens have velvety black thorax and abdomen with a lovely deep red tail. They can have a dirty yellow collar. Workers look like smaller queens but males can have yellow haired heads, a yellow collar and may or may not have a mid riff band with an orangey red tail.

Nature can be quite variable 

Edited : Just realised how old this post is so info may not be relevant to Urszula now  but can't delete.


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