bee & bug house (page 02)
a bee (& bug) house for solitary bees. built sept2011. inhabited summer 2012.

After sitting empty over the winter, bees began paying attention to the house in late May and started nesting
in June. The above is a survey done 01 July 2012 - 23 chambers occupied.

There are several different types of bees here and I'm just doing a bit of searching, trying to identify them...
Things picked up even more in the warm weather of August.
Below is a survey done 15 August 2012 - 63 chambers occupied.
Each hole, depending on depth, type of bee, etc. may have 4,5 or 6 chambers,
each an individual cell with an egg and fuel (usually pollen).
At this point there are possibly two or three hundred potential bees nestled away in this little house.

Pollen collecting below several active holes, knocked from the bees' hind legs
as they went in and out preparing the nest chambers.

Quite happy to see the bees making use of the house, then, one day,
there was this piece of grass floating across the yard...

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