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Old 10-31-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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bumblebee How to make a Bee Hotel: a house for Mason Bees and other Solitary Bees

How to make a Bee Hotel: a house for Mason Bees and other Solitary Bees
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How to Make a Bee Hotel
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As well as Bumblebees and Honeybees (that live socially) there are some 200 species of wild bees in the UK that are called 'solitary bees' because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Some species nest in small tunnels or holes in the ground or in sandy banks, piles of sand, or crumbling mortar. Others use the hollow stems of dead plants such as brambles, or tunnels previously bored into dead wood by beetles. Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees are well-known examples of solitary bees that are common in gardens.

Some species of solitary bee species will group their nest cells together in aggregations, and a few have evolved social behaviour rather like bumblebees. Many solitary bees are very small and you may not have realised they are bees. All collect nectar and pollen from flowers, except the so-called 'cuckoo' species that lay their eggs in the nest cells of other species.

Solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive. They rarely if ever sting unless trodden on or squashed between your fingers and they do not have painful stings like those of honeybees. They do not live in hives or build honeycombs, and they do notů
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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wise owl Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat - Information for Gardeners in the USA and Canada

Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat
- Information for Gardeners in the USA and Canada

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Welcome! I've written this page specially to give gardeners in the USA and Canada some ideas where to get further information about creating a backyard wildlife habitat. Your soils, climate and native wildlife are significantly different to those here in North Western Europe, so information on wildlife gardening intended for British gardeners will not always be relevant to your conditions.
However, the general principles on my Basics page do apply to you. Plenty of structure, making your garden into a 'habitat mosaic' with plenty of variety, dense 'cover' where birds can nest safe from cats, planting berry bushes for birds, leaving dead stems and seedheads over winter, and not using pesticides - all this applies to you too. It doesn't matter what size your garden is - Even small city yards can make a difference.
Here are more good websites for gardeners in the USA and Canada:

Wildlife Gardeners (of North America): www.wildlifegardeners.org Don't be put off by the rather stern 'mission statement' on the home page. The 'articles' page has some interesting feature articles.

Nature-friendly Gardening in North America

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