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Delighted with success!

I bought this last year, too late in the year to be useful to solitary bees though ladybirds did over-winter in it.
But delighted today (17 May '14) to see two small bees (guessing solitary bees?) using the bamboo and drilled upper tubes....a total of 7 now have the ends blocked while the eggs laid inside develop safely.

Such fun, and a good feeling....the site is south east facing and surrounded by nectar bearing plants (allium and roses and yellow poppies at the moment)

Thank you RSPB for promoting Habitats and wider bio-diversity...not just birds. By Malinda, on 17 May 2014
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Fascinating and useful

I was given this for Christmas and we put it up on a south-facing gatepost without any great expectations. Now the solitary bees are laying their eggs and it is already half-filled. If you stand quietly you can watch the females coming and going, filling the cells with pollen and nectar and then after a couple of days, they are done and the cell is blocked with mud - absolutely fascinating! I am hoping for leaf-cutter bees later in the season. I have a lot of fruit trees and bushes, so there is some self interest as solitary bees are very efficient pollinators. By Kathy, on 17 May 2014
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Bee and bug biome

SKU# R403697

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Insects like ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees are friends to the gardener. Attracting and maintaining these insects in the garden helps plant pollination and assists the natural predation of garden pests such as aphids and greenfly. A population of ladybirds and lacewings is the natural way to reduce reliance on chemical means of pest control.

This three-tiered bug house is designed to encourage bees and bugs to feed and nest in your garden.
The top chamber features wooden nesting tubes and bamboo tubes of various sizes.
The larger feeding hole is for insects such as ladybirds, earwigs & lacewings.
The lower chamber is filled with pine cones to provide nooks and crannies for beneficial insects such as lacewings which are great natural predators of aphids.

Includes bee guide and a packet of wildflower seeds.
23.5 x 16.2 x 10.4 cm.
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For best results position your bug biome near flowering or scented plants.
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