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  Topic: Identify an odd bee?
Little Angel

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:32 pm   Subject: Identify an odd bee?
Don't know the bee, but the behaviour sounds like a male defending food for a hoped for queen. Many male solitary bees choose a patch of flowers that will later attract an un-mated queen and defend th ...
  Topic: Identify an odd bee?
Little Angel

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:20 pm   Subject: Identify an odd bee?
I would think it was a species of solitary bee making its living according to its evolutionary niche. As per previous poster, it sounds like it was a male defending territory in order to attract a fem ...
  Topic: Identify an odd bee?
Little Angel

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:32 am   Subject: Identify an odd bee?
It's been a while since I've visited, but I have an identification question.

The backstory:

Sadly there are few bees in my back garden and the majority are bumbles.

The other day, what appe ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
Little Angel

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:26 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Amazing images. Very fascinated by the loft space beekeeping and would love to have a display hive in my living room as well. (Let's wait until I get some more experience...)

I am, however, getting ...
 
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Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

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