Bumble Bee House

Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)June 10, 2006

I'm surprised, the house I have built for them is being used!

Taken a pic with a bumble was not so easy, with a blink of a eye, the bumble queen is in or out!

Konrad

Here, the queen is leaving the house.

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jbdollar

Would you be able to post the dimensions of the box and hole size? Thanks

    Bookmark   June 11, 2006 at 1:15PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Sure, give me some time, have to go out and mesure it up.
I have just taken appr. dimension from this video.

http://mkat.iwf.de/mms/metafiles/02000018060220000000_lo.as
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If you have problem opening it, please search here for bumble bee video.

Konrad

    Bookmark   June 12, 2006 at 12:02AM
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thisbud4u(San Diego)

Konrad, Couldn't open that video. Would love to know dimensions of your BB house. Tx.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2006 at 4:01PM
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kara123

I would be very interested in making some bumble bee boxes. I love my bumbles nd want to keep them around! Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 8:54PM
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JamesY40(z7a)

The bumble bees in my yard have drilled holes in the underside of my arbor. For the longest time, i wondered how the holes got there until I saw one go inside. James

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 11:48PM
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gyozu(7 Winston-Salem, NC)

Jamesy40: You might want to try and get a closer look. It is possible that your Bumble Bees are really Carpenter Bees.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 8:50PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Hopefully I get some dimension tomorrow, they are not at home, out in the nursery.
I set them on a fencepost facing west, about 4 feet up, I had luck the first season with one entry, [two boxes]
I figured, the fence wire make a kind of "ring", when the wind blows and this could disturb the bees,
I then moved them the following year onto a lone standing post but I had no nest this season.
Not sure what I will do this year, perhaps I move them onto a tree.
I don't think size is too critical, same with opening, I almost think the hole could be on the bottom too.
One could experiment with different design's.
I had clay pots buried into the ground with ends [hole] sticking up on a slant but no take.
Konrad

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 11:33PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Ok... the house is made from 3/8 thick material, measurement to
the outside is 4" x 4" by 6" tall, the entrance hole 3/4".
The house is filled with paper insulation material, right up to the hole, from home depot.
Konrad

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 11:51PM
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rjinga

Do the bees just KNOW to get into this box? what's the appeal? do they stay there year round?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 9:59AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Queen bumbles constantly look for a new home in spring, If they find
what they're looking for they stay and start making a nest. They
stay for one season, new bumbles are raised and only from this brood
one or more queens will overwinter. I have seen one today when digging, transplanting trees,
a HUGE queen bumble came and checked out the
pile of dirt.

Konrad

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 10:27PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

It's been now several years since I started making houses, ..overall, I'm not too pleased with the results. Just a little disappointed that not more bumbles use this home.
I have also tried with several clay pots dug a little into the ground, laid down sideways, never one's a bumble nested.

One of my owl houses was occupied by them one year, took some pictures at the end of season, [low number of bees].

I know that bumbles like moss, have seen many bumble nest in the ground,..as a child in Switzerland, on a hill/shade side was mostly moss, I could find many nest there.

I might just fill the houses with moss and see, have build another 5 and I will place the entrance holes on different spots, perhaps paint with yellow around the hole.

This house is about 16 feet up on a tree, pretty shady in the bush. Never had owls but Northern flying squirrel were in it one time, perhaps they got the moss inside?


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Please share your experience with attracting bumbles to your home. Allot of natural habitat gets destroyed by man, hopefully we can help a little.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 3:19AM
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