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Another bee hotel

I made another little bee hotel for our “solitary bee” friends today. For this one I started with some pieces of clay sewer pipe and filled the with bamboo. The hollow bamboo should be a good place for Mason bees and Leafcutter bees to nest. I don’t expect this bee hotel to be populated until next season. Once there, the bees will lay eggs in the hollow bamboo stems in early spring or summer.

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There are folks out there commercially making bee hotels, but it seems to me that it is not necessary to have anything fancy. I think as long as I can meet the basic needs of the bees, they will move in, even if their housing complex does not look like it came out of a factory. I suspect they won’t appreciate the hobby horse or the Ellie Mae memorial garden, complete with giant crown.

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