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Bumble Bee House

Posted by konrad___far_north 3 (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 10, 06 at 0:42

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
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Here, the queen is leaving the house.
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Would you be able to post the dimensions of the box and hole size? Thanks


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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


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


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


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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


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  • Posted by gyozu 7 Winston-Salem, NC (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 23, 10 at 20:50

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


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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


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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


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  • Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 25, 10 at 9:59

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


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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


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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].

Aug. 21, 2011 photo IMG_9077.jpg

Aug. 21, 2011 photo IMG_9158.jpg


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?

Northern Flying Squirrel photo IMG_4036_1_1_1.jpg
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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.


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