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22/07/2013 at 11:17

Our garden bee hotel was a hive of activity a few weeks ago with bees collecting dirt and filling up the garden canes?  all canes are stuffed with dirt - what happens now?

22/07/2013 at 11:25

there should be an egg in there with a supply of pollen for food. they will hatch next year

22/07/2013 at 11:29

Great thanks!! do all bees do this? are they regular bumbles?

22/07/2013 at 11:31

solitary bees do this. Bumble bees tend to have communal  nests in the ground. Tree bumbles have communal  nests in trees or bird boxes. They are all good pollinators.

22/07/2013 at 11:33

Fabulous thats great to know - thank you.  The bee hotel has me really interested in the bees this year.

22/07/2013 at 15:29
Rasp you perhaps need to get an annex next year and charge a bit more for the holiday season
22/07/2013 at 16:33

I attached a bee/insect house to the house wall in March this year. Its about 6 feet up on a south facing wall. There's no activity apart from some curious spiders - will it be awhile till bees take residence?

22/07/2013 at 17:52

A south facing wall might be too hot.

23/07/2013 at 16:51

My hotel faces south but tilts slightly downwards to stop rain flooding- anything above 3ft should work!!  Maybe pop a planter underneath full of pollen producing plants to encourage!! 

Alan - you could bee on to something there!!!! Ha 

28/07/2013 at 08:54

E- to SE-facing on my fence, over flowers, 5 foot high, works for me.. Could be lower too.  Canes 4"-6" long.  Most popular internal diameter has been from 8 to 9.5 mm.

But cane "houses" don't seem to be necessary (though they are fun) -  see these 2 current threads:

Good luck,


31/07/2013 at 23:27

Very interesting Mike,  thanks 

03/08/2013 at 08:26

the Masonry bees have for years used holes in the wall off the house so we have never filled them ,we now habe a bug house with a bee house of canes on it i have notice that 2 or 3 ends are filled in but to be honest i never looked befor putting it out so i dont know if they were already blocked xx

03/08/2013 at 08:44

I was painting my house recntly and came across a hole in the wall where insulation had been squirted in.  The bees were buzzing in and out. I wasn't sure I wanted them in the walls and blocked it up. After 1/2 an hour of distressed bees searching for thei hole I gave in and unblocked it. I guess they'll do no harm.

08/08/2013 at 22:49

Oooh excitement today.....noticed yellow pollen spilling from the canes and watched as a mini-mini-extra teeny-weeny bee appeared from a cane!! The smallest bee you ever did see, brilliant 

08/08/2013 at 22:50

Must have "bee"n one of last years!! 

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