any homeless bees?
I built an owl house four years ago and very soon thereafter got a thriving bee colony. They had a sweeet location in my backyard with pond and large and varied garden. I really enjoyed them and observed several swarms over the years, the last one being late last summer. Then I noticed fewer bees, until none at all. This winter I climbed tree and opened house to discover nearly all comb decimated, no bees and dozens of nasty white cocoons embedded in the walls. I gather these were wax moths and apparently they can destroy a weak hive. I scraped the owl house clean of all debri and cocoons.
I know bees are in a lot of trouble. What are the chances of getting another colony here? Anything I can do to attract them?
I'll guess I'll hold an open house for screech owls if the bees don't come.