Show me your native bees!

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  1. Daniel.Mav

    Daniel.Mav Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I've recently started to try and attract as many native bees to my patch as I can! I snapped this pic while weeding. I may need to try and build some little boxes for them!

    Please post your pics of
    - Native bees in your garden
    - Your DIY bee hives
    - Plants you use to attract then
     

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    You can attract a lot of Solitary Bees to your garden as well... here's a couple of Solitary Bee Hotels, of course you don't need the outside frame, just a bit of shelter...

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    Awesome idea. I'll have to start drilling some holes :)
     
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    Most people drill a hole around 150mm long, or as long as you can do. Sizes of 4mm, 6mm, 10mm holes. You can drill in to old tree stumps, or blocks of wood.

    I've got some leaf cutters and resin bees in mine so far. I have various bits of wood/hotels scattered around the yard.
     
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    More bees in the garden. Was like walking through a swarm of mozzies.
    Does it need to be a certain wood or can I jus use some off cuts from the shed?
     

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    You might have a native bee hive nearby, the stingless bees only travel 500metres.

    For Solitary Bees, I think you can use any kind of timber, they prefer it to be aged a bit... but once you drill it and leave it out in the yard for a while it will age.
     
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    Ive got some old fire wood ill try that. Some are burnt alittle too. Might be more natural like haha. One day I'll invest in a native bee hive
     
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    Hi, here are some photos of two native bee boxes for Tetragonula Carbonaria, one very active vertical split box and a new OATH box [just made and painted]. had enough of boring old white boxes.
     

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