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Old 12-05-2010, 11:09 AM   #21
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Is the area I mentioned finding one and the same?
If it's a correct size for W.G. is is also a GOOD photo for blown up viewing on the teli?
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:45 AM   #22
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Is the area I mentioned finding one and the same?
No, I think you're off on another feature.
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If it's a correct size for W.G. is iT also a GOOD photo for blown up viewing on the teli?
I've never noticed any difference in the full-screen image on my monitor between 2048x1536 (my default) and 1024x768 (SQ1). There is probably a loss of clarity if you try to zoom in or blow up the picture on a larger screen.

Anyway, looks like Popowich will be making all this a moot issue.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:52 AM   #23
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Yey!!!!
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If anyone would like to try this before the ground freezes you can potentially attract them to nest in your yard.

Take an empty coffee can, insert some drainage holes in the bottom. Through the lid insert a length of garden hose or 3/4 inch tubing so that it stick out at an angle. This will help prevent rain water from getting inside. Inside the coffee can place the remains of a bird nest, or rodent nest (not sure if squirrels count) so that it acts like a floor. Bury the can portion in the ground and let the tube stick out above ground, but again at an angle so it doesn't allow rain water in. Set up a few of these for varied success.

There are also above ground bumblebee boxes but I've never had any success with them. I think the ground nesting species are more common.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:04 PM   #25
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That sounds interesting..
Are the bumble bees still active in your area?
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The bumble bees shoving me away stance after I had petted him.

WHOOP WHOOP!
Popowich succeeded once again in saving the day!
We can now enter our photos!
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If anyone would like to try this before the ground freezes you can potentially attract them to nest in your yard.

Take an empty coffee can, insert some drainage holes in the bottom. Through the lid insert a length of garden hose or 3/4 inch tubing so that it stick out at an angle. This will help prevent rain water from getting inside. Inside the coffee can place the remains of a bird nest, or rodent nest (not sure if squirrels count) so that it acts like a floor. Bury the can portion in the ground and let the tube stick out above ground, but again at an angle so it doesn't allow rain water in. Set up a few of these for varied success.

There are also above ground bumblebee boxes but I've never had any success with them. I think the ground nesting species are more common.
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I would like to try making one of the inground bumblebee shelters with a coffee can using your directions. I'm a little confused about the angle/placement of the entrance tube (chunk of garden hose). Do you have any photos?

thanks!
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I would like to try making one of the inground bumblebee shelters with a coffee can using your directions. I'm a little confused about the angle/placement of the entrance tube (chunk of garden hose). Do you have any photos?

thanks!
You just don't want it to be pointing straight up. It should come up and out at an angle, or turned so that the opening faces the side. Generally you don't want rain water to fall in it.

I haven't tried this in ground system out personally. I'm going to make a few up if I can though over the winter and get them in the ground as soon as I can. Some species of bumblebee are still just starting up well into May.
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Ok I get. Thanks!!! Do not drown the bees in their coffee can bee shack.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:13 PM   #29
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Florals that attract bumble bees.
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Asters
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Touch me nots
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Daisy
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Chicory
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Blue bottle gentian
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If anyone would like to try this before the ground freezes you can potentially attract them to nest in your yard.

Take an empty coffee can, insert some drainage holes in the bottom. Through the lid insert a length of garden hose or 3/4 inch tubing so that it stick out at an angle. This will help prevent rain water from getting inside. Inside the coffee can place the remains of a bird nest, or rodent nest (not sure if squirrels count) so that it acts like a floor. Bury the can portion in the ground and let the tube stick out above ground, but again at an angle so it doesn't allow rain water in. Set up a few of these for varied success.
Ground-nesting hornets excavate their own den. Do bumblebees do this, or do they require an already-formed underground chamber?
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