Solitary Bee Viewing House

£59.99

This NEW Solitary Bee Viewing House allows you to see what goes on inside it due to Perspex viewing windows. Just like a traditional solitary bee house it is full of places for solitary bees to nest, which have been cut into both side of the door, however, unlike other houses, these have been covered in Perspex, so once you open the front of the house (like a book), you can see exactly what is happening. Designed to attract non-swarming solitary bees like Mason Bees, Leafcutter Bees and other solitary bees, these friendly bees are safe around children and pets and almost never sting, so they are safe and easy to study. Dimensions – H 41.5cm x W 29cm x D 6cm (47cm wide when opened up).

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This NEW Solitary Bee Viewing House allows you to see what goes on inside it due to Perspex viewing windows. Just like a traditional solitary bee house it is full of places for solitary bees to nest, which have been cut into both side of the door, however, unlike other houses, these have been covered in Perspex, so once you open the front of the house (like a book), you can see exactly what is happening. Designed to attract non-swarming solitary bees like Mason Bees, Leafcutter Bees and other solitary bees, these friendly bees are safe around children and pets and almost never sting, so they are safe and easy to study.

Watch as the solitary bees lay their eggs inside the tubes creating a sequence of nest cells. The bee starts by delivering pollen and nectar to the nest and stacking it at the end. The bee then lays an egg and seals it in. It then repeats the process filling the nest with cells containing pollen and eggs. Female eggs are laid 1st at the back of the nest and then as they continue to fill them, the male eggs are laid nearer the entrance. Once the egg hatch, the larva eats the pollen before pupating. The fully grown adult bee emerges in spring or summer, at which point it leaves the nest and searches for a mate.

The following year the adults AND their offspring will use the same nest again building up the numbers of solitary bees visiting your garden each year. Site in a sheltered, sunny position between south south east to catch some morning sun between 1-1.5 metres high. A mud supply is useful, but not essential. Dimensions – H 41.5cm x W 29cm x D 6cm (47cm wide when opened up).

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