Solitary beehive habitat
The special design is constructed with durable timber roof and base, with two stainless steel bolts running through the nesting trays, allowing easy access to all trays.
Inspection, education and cleaning
The solitary beehive can be dismantled to see the formation of small cells where the egg is laid or to check for predator action. This system allows easy cleaning which is recommended annually, although solitary bees will remove debris themselves.
Site the box in a visible warm place ideally to catch the morning sun. It is helpful to have soil nearby and food sources such as flowers, fruit trees, etc. Although these bees do not swarm they are gregarious and once the box is used, occupation will increase in the following years.
The solitary beehive can be sited at any time of the year. Solitary bees will use it from late February onwards but other beneficial insects will use if for overwintering in.
Because of the solid timber construction and insulation value, the beehive will normally not need to be taken inside in winter.
Measures 19cm wide x 19cm high x 16.5cm deep.
This includes a hook so it can be hung.
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Q:Bees in my lawn? Also Magnolia and Hydrangea advice please
Hi Can you please help? I have thousands, and thousands, of what looks like bees, with a black body and white striped head hovering and burrowing into my lawn - they burrow like ants. What are they? Also can you tell me which pink Magnolia or Hydrangea I can plant in my garden? (chalky, with some lime) or scented shrubs Thank you MarilynAsked on 13/4/2010 by Anonymous
A:Hello Marilyn, These sound like Mason Bees, which really are very good guys in the garden. They do not swarm and will only sting if grabbed and they will ensure you have a bumper crop of fruit and flowers. As for the Magnolia/Hydrangea question, the flowers of nearly all the Hydrangeas will turn pink on alkaline soils. Some of the best include Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hydrangea-macrophylla-endless-summer-pink=-bailmer/classid.2000011037/ Also if the soil is not too alkaline, you could grow any of the following Magnolias:- M.grandiflora http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-grandiflora-/classid.4124/ M. x loebneri Leonard Messel http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-%C3%97-loebneri-leonard-messel/classid.4144/ M.stellata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/specimen-plants/magnolia-stellata-/classid.2000012898/ M. wilsonii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-wilsonii-/classid.7928/ Finally, the following link will take you to our full list of shrubs that grow in alkaline soils and have scented flowers. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.10/vid.230/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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