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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

My bee hive update...


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Hi all, just popped in to give you a quick update on my solitary beehive that i've mentioned here before. As you may well remember, i bought the above hive and waited patiently for it's first residents....it didn't take long before i had some interest...
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This was last year, the idea is that they make individual nests in there for thier eggs. So for the past few months they've been busy coming to and fro, and this is what they've produced....
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How cool is that?.
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Each hole is full of this packaging....it is tiny bits of leaf that have been bitten off by the bee, then stuffed into the hole, then they have made little tube type things for thier eggs to go in. So what you are seeing here is about 5 bee eggs in each hole, each one carefully wrapped in leaf and pollen. Then the bee stuffs the end with leaves to keep it well protected..
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My kids were fascinated by this, as was i too. This is what i liked about this kind of solitary hive, you can take the sections off to learn about how the bees store thier eggs. So eventualy these eggs will hatch and the new bees will emerge and the cycle will start again.
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You can make these yourself, or just drill loads of holes in a log like i've just done today, it's just somewhere nice for the bees to find shelter for thier young. If the worlds bee population dissapeared we'd be in serious trouble...so i reckon this is a worthy project for the kids to folow in the garden.
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See ya soon. :)

8 comments:

maddy hill said...

oh Wow your bees are well cool Calvin! love how they have made a home for thier babies ... wonder if the babies will come back to where they were born and lay thier eggs - im not sure if it works that way...

anyway ....... regarding the beehive .... it looks suspiciously pink in colour to me ... tut tut how you tease and bully poor little calvin mouse and here you are with a PINK beehive ... hmmmmm wonder what rotty will say about that one ! ha !

Calv said...

Thats not pink!!! It's the sunlight on a brown bee hive.

Go play with ya fimo!!! :) xxx

maddy hill said...

You really think i should believe a man that bought a Pink bind it all ? hmmmmmmm nice try Calvin ! heheeee

Calv said...

Nobody likes a smart arse Maddy. :)

Besides, pink was all they had.

Now then....how do you go about banning comediennes from blogs?

maddy hill said...

yes but how many men recieve a pink bind it all WITH a tag with pink ribbon on ???????? hmmmmmmmm and actually like it !
you know the saying hunny - pink to make the boys wink ? well prehaps i should not worry so much about calvin the mouse and concentrate elsewhere ! haha ha

Lee said...

Lol at you two.i love the bee hive,really is fascinating to see.x

The Crystal Elephant said...

Wow! How cool is that! I want a bee hive now.

johna alexeyko said...

I found one today in the sidewalk crack under my son's sandbox. It was amazing. Made out of individual leaves..I wish I could show you pictures. .so neat.