Bumble bee box success

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 07-02-2011 10:51 PM 1947 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted pics of a bumble bee project sometime ago. In June 2011 bees have moved into the box – hurrah! Quite a few people expressed an interest in this project, so I thought they might like to see these pics of a bee in the box (there are some others, honest).

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#1 posted 07-03-2011 12:03 AM

Cool project. I must have missed the original post. I have some bumbles in the door jam of my patio door. The only reason I haven’t sealed the hole is because I don’t want to harm them. I wonder if they would move into one of these if I made one.

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#2 posted 07-03-2011 03:53 AM

nice. how big of a hole did you use? I may try one myself.


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#3 posted 07-03-2011 11:00 PM

Nice project. I did you entice the bumble bees to use the box? I have a yellowjacket box which was originally build for birds, but the yellowjackets found it to be suited for them.

How many bumble bees does it contain? I never heard of such a thing. Interesting.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 12:07 AM

Paplou – the hole size is 20mm.

Richard – I have a range of bee friendly herbs planted in the garden. The box is sited in the part shade of a cotoneaster bush. I put some shavings inside to act as bedding. One is supposed to use a mouse nest, but where the hell one gets one of those from I really have no idea.

I checked the box earlier this evening and the bees were moving in and out of it in what looked like a relaxed and healthy manner; hard to tell with insects. A bee came up behind me, dodged round and went into the box completely unfazed by my presence.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 05:47 PM

Cool project, but I have young kids so I won’t be doing this any time soon. I’m sure my 2 year old would find them cute and try to catch them.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 07-05-2011 05:54 PM

I NEED some of these boxes. I’ve got the big guys buzzing around my “bumble bee bush” (makes you wonder why I’m surprised, doesn’t it?). They seem pleasant enough and I’d like to give them a little home.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 07-05-2011 07:21 PM

Rex: bumble bees are so docile they almost literally have to be poked in the eye before they’ll sting.

Bertha: here’s a link to my previous post, which has the dimensions you’ll need.:

-- Stanley generally struggling

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