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A summer with the leafcutters

Sep 13, 2011 | Posted by in garden | 2

I’m happy to report that this year there have been up to three leafcutters at any one time nesting in the bee houses, which is a huge improvement on the situation last year where no bees nested at all! I think it likely that this is down to having moved the bee houses to a better location on a little wall at the end ofRead more …

About the bees I

Apr 4, 2011 | Posted by in garden, work | 2

I thought I’d update with some news about the bees – both those in the garden, and on my drawing table. However, as this post became quite long in the writing, I have decided to put the new drawings into a separate blog post (coming soon). Improving the solitary bee houses: Late last month I decided to improve the site of the solitaryRead more …

This year’s bees emerging.

Jun 26, 2010 | Posted by in garden | 2

Just a little update to show you what’s happening with the leaf-cutter bees at the moment. I think the bees are a little later than usual this year, but they have finally been hatching out over the past week. On the left is a bee coming out of its tube, while on the right is a newly-hatched bee resting before it fliesRead more …

A day at the leaf-cutter bee nests

Jul 14, 2009 | Posted by in garden | 2

Today I’ll be posting pictures taken of my leaf-cutter bees live at the bee tubes, which are right outside my artist’s studio. Take a look at these earlier posts to find out all about these solitary bees. 1) And here are the first pictures of the day, a leaf-cutter clearing out paper from inside one of the tubes (click onRead more …

Leaf-cutter bees clear out the nesting tubes

Jun 24, 2009 | Posted by in garden | 2

An update on what the leaf-cutter bees are doing at the moment. Some bees are still hatching. The clicking sound of the bees nibbling away at the dried leaf cells is very audible if you’re sitting anywhere near the tubes, so it’s easy to know when they are working their way out! Here is a previous post showing leaf-cutter beesRead more …

Leaf-cutter bees outside my Studio

Jun 18, 2009 | Posted by in garden | 14

Why attract leaf-cutter bees? Leaf-cutter bees are incredible creatures to encourage into your garden or allotment – great to observe and look after, and they are wonderful pollinators. This kind of bee is a ‘solitary bee‘ which does not form a hive or make honey, but works alone, although they will nest side-by-side and not fight or compete. They areRead more …