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Wooden nest site for solitary bees and other insects

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Project by dgom posted 08-09-2013 01:31 PM 1377 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This insect habitat is made from a drilled log to provide a home for solitary bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects as well as attracting over-wintering insects. The nester features variable sized holes for e.g. solitary bee egg laying and shelter for insects.

My oldest daughter (5 years old) has recently showed an increasing interest for insects and bugs. When we did a search on internet for “facet eyes” and “bumblebee” we found a picture of a wooden insect nest. My daughter wished to make one and I thought that it would be a good beginners project. She first had a go with the hand saw and then used the electrical hand drill (with som help of course) to make a multitude of holes of various sizes. She seemed to enjoy it! Now she can go and check every other day if any new tenants have arrived.

The world’s growing population means more bees are needed to pollinate the crops to feed more people. According to a U.N. report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent!!

Recently there has been many alarming reports of the collapse of honey bee colonies, which is becoming a world wide phenomena and will continue unless humans work to restore habitats for bees.

By making this nest we did our small bit to restore habitats that are friendly to pollinators :-)





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#1 posted 08-09-2013 03:55 PM

Nice job. Like the insects too. Congrats for you daughter

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 04:42 PM

Great Project!
Helping the good bug’s is a good thing to do! I just made a Mason Bee Hotel for our garden. Not all pollinating bugs make hives and they need a place to live and lay their eggs. Here is a link that will show a wide variety of houses you can make for the Mason bees and bugs.

Nice job on your project!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 03:46 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 04:50 AM

Way to go dgom! Combining your daughter’s interest in bugs and introducing her to woodworking! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 08-13-2013 04:25 PM

Great build on that cool nest. I’m sure it will soon be occupied by the new tenants and daughter had fun learning about insects. Small deed that has great effects on nature. Way to go!

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