PROVIDE A HOME FOR SOLITARY POLLEN BEES AND HELP SAVE THE PLANET!
Bees are in crisis. Over the last few years beekeepers have experienced from 30-100% loss of their honeybees. Wild bees (Pollen Bees) are also experiencing huge losses.
Why? Pesticides used by farmers, Tracheal and Varroa Mites from Europe have now spread worldwide: a constant problem for Honey Bees. Most important is habitat loss due to human encroachment. All have contributed to the decline of the bee population. We must have Bees to help pollinate our crops, plants and trees.
Armstrong & Blackbury Pollen Bee Nests: safe homes for Native Solitary Pollen Bees
Pollen Bees such as the Mason and Leaf-Cutter Bees that nest in cavities above ground are the most vulnerable to predators and weather. Our nest design addresses these problems. The plastic weatherproof body keeps all the inner components dry and secure. The 20 nest tubes are of different diameters to allow a variety of Solitary Bees to use the nest for their home. The moulded, waterproof baffles at the front and back protect the tubes from attack by birds and rodents whilst also holding the tubes in place. Inside the nest, the tubes are surrounded by volcanic rock filler which acts as a desiccant, insulator and a shield. The filler helps insulate the nest from extreme temperatures both hot and cold as well as removing unwanted moisture from the bee cells during development. The filler also guards against predatory mites and beetles that like to travel from tube to tube by eating through the sides of the tubes. The vented filler plug keeps the filler aerated, protecting the nest from dampness. With its sturdy weatherproof design our nest can be left outside throughout the year, providing a safe, warm home for our friendly native Solitary Pollen Bees.
Over the last five years we have seen excellent results from the Pollen Bee Nests in our trial garden, with no losses from predators. We did experience losses from insect pests which we rectified by providing self adhesive discs to cover the nest tube ends as they become filled.
Our nests are designed to be fairly maintenance free, but over time, debris and mites can build up inside the nest tubes. We would recommend an annual clean once you have seen the bees emerge from the nest tubes. To make this easier an emergence chamber is available for purchase.
Armstrong & Blackbury's inexpensive Bee Nests will improve your garden and the environment.