Discovering a nest of wild bees in my garden spurred me to this post. This is the second nest created in a forgotten clump of grass cuttings. Clearly they love it and find it a perfect environment. The first nest was quite modest, saucer sized, right in the middle of a small border. This latest is huge tucked against my green house wall. Both nests sited on bare earth with the dropped grass cuttings seeming to create a sturdy thatched roof and integral nest material.
Yesterday, whilst going in for a late tidy up I unwittingly lifted the cap off the new one sending the bees - possibly a couple of hundred...or so it seemed - immediately swarming up and I shrieked dropping the lid back on. Macro seconds after the wee shock, I was delighted ....the simplest, wildest bee home!! They are very pretty round bees but no intimate shots unfortunately. This humble snatch in flight shows one hovering up from the roof I topped with some new grass cuttings to make amends for my clumsy intrusion. There is a wonderful drone coming from within the clump too...a musical bee box!
This year I created a very shallow garden bath bowl especially for small creatures. The shallow font really came out of noticing how often insects drown in deeper bowls of water that have no landing posts, especially in dry, hot weather where there is little in the way of available moisture droplets. Not much in the way of dry weather now!!... but the bowls combine an interesting table top waterhole with all year round aesthetics for the garden.
Bee Font detail 2
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