Thursday, 13 June 2013

Residents

Do you remember my little insect house bought for the very good sum of £3 from Morrisons. I took a look at it the other day & I am pretty sure it has some inhabitants which I really wasn't expecting.
You know my photographing skills are non existing, but I'm sure you will be able to make out that some of the sticks are sealed with mud. It is quite exciting.

I have had a google to see what could be behind there at this time of year & came up with Mason bees. I think it is too early for them to hibernate. Perhaps there are some bug eggs in there instead.

Whatever it is, it shows that the insect house is working.

Enjoy your day

21 comments:

  1. I have an insect house...unfortunately it hasn't been erected yet as where I want to put it isn't quite ready yet. I am happy to think that like yours it will be well used though. Hope you catch a glimpse of what is inside at some point.

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    1. Stick it up somewhere quick. I didn't expect any guests this early on so I am quite excited.

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  2. Yes almost certainly Mason bees have laid eggs and then sealed them.
    Thanks, you too. Flighty xx

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    1. OOOhhh thanks flighty, I never though about eggs being laid. How exciting.

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  3. I've wondered for a while about getting/attempting to make one. I think I will now. X

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    1. You must I'm going to get or build a couple more.

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  4. How exciting,bet you are checking it all the time.Let us know what you see

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    1. I will, I'm going to keep a photo record.

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  5. I would think eggs are in there too. I used to wonder how the one laud furthest up the rube escaped as I guessed being laid first it would want to get out first but apparently they all escape in the order that they are to the entrance.

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    1. I'm hoping so too, they are really well sealed.

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  6. Exciting!!

    I have had a few of these houses supposed to be for various insects and they have always been totally ignored. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

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    1. I really wasn't expecting anything this early on if at all.

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  7. Great news. I'll have to have a look at mine, there was no sign of it being used the last time I looked.

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    1. It is indeed, I'm sure I checked last week & there was nothing there.

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  8. That is exciting. The bees have obviously made themselves at home!

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  9. That's great news - £3 for your own little bee colony.

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  10. This is a great idea!!! I need to mention about it to Marek, as he loves wild life. Did you put it up on the tree?

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  11. Here in the USA those are sold as "mason bee houses." I actually didn't realize other critters we supposed to live in them- ha. While I don't know a ton about mason bees, I see the houses for sale all over here so my guess is that's what you have. A gardeners best friend! Yay for pollination!

    KK

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  12. Morrison's have some amazing bargains if you're lucky! Some of my best fruit bushes and perennials were bought for a couple of quid from that store. I'm going to look out for a bee hotel now :)

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