Sunday, November 05, 2006
I was feeling stewardly this morning and I had some clumping bamboo to thin, so ...
I made these bee houses for the orchard mason bees and any other little tube nesting critter.
This moment of stewardly inspiration would have benefitted the bees a lot more if I had thought of it this summer when the bees were more active. Part of their life cycle involves finding the right size hole and filling it with eggs and mud. I know these bees live around here, because if I don't plug the water exit tube on my boat motor, they will fill it with larvae and mud. I stick a cheap Papermate pen in it to plug the tube and keep the bees out.
Apparently they are great little pollinators and with honey bees in decline, I figure every little bee helps.
I bored out 1/4 inch holes in some of the bamboo and left others as they were. The mason bees apparently like 1/4 to 3/8 inch holes, but there are other solitary bees and wasps that are smaller, so hopefully there is something for everyone.
I probably won't see any tenants until spring due to my poorly timed inspiration. That's okay, my plan this winter is to have a bunch of new nestboxes of various kinds ready for the big spring fling. These are just a start. I made and mounted five of these under the eaves of my outbuildings today.
I made another, different type of critter shelter out back later today, but that can be another post ... maybe tomorrow.
We need to talk about termite training too ...
That is just a gratuitous Flounder picture, because he's so damn sweet.