Experience the fascinating world of bees with these cardboard solitary bee nesting tubes. Solitary bees are a delight to watch going about their vital work of pollinating the veggies, flower and fruit in your garden because they are non-aggressive to people and pets. It is their lifestyle which makes them so gentle because they do not live in a colony and do not have any honey to defend.
From March to August the female bees will lay eggs in the tubes and create a series of cells separated by mud or leaf walls depending on species. The larvae will develop over the winter period in the tubes and will then emerge as adult bees the following spring. The males and females then mate and the whole cycle of the females laying the larvae in the tubes begins over again.
Dimensions L 150 mm x D 8mm
Our tubes are ideal for mason/orchard bees (Megachile spp) and can be used to fill existing bee boxes or to make your own simple bee nester. By using fresh cardboard tubes every season excellent bee health may be maintained. For professional management of solitary bees in horticultural and orchard environments you may which to use these tubes in conjunction with paper tube liners to enable examination of the bee cells and parasite control.
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Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. We’re actively working to save Britain’s rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish.
There are more than 40,000 invertebrate species in the UK, and many of these are under threat as never before.
Invertebrates are vitally important to a healthy planet – humans and other life forms could not survive without them. The food we eat, the fish we catch, the birds we see, the flowers we smell and the hum of life we hear, simply would not exist without bugs. Invertebrates underpin life on earth and without them the world’s ecosystems would collapse.
Invertebrates are facing an extinction crisis
Today, thousands of invertebrate species are declining and many are heading towards extinction. Worldwide 150,000 species could be gone by 2050 if we do nothing.
Each invertebrate species plays a unique and important role in the web of life, but once lost, they cannot be replaced. Many invertebrates have incredible life stories yet to be told, and we literally don’t know what we are on the brink of losing.
Buglife’s aim is to halt the extinction of invertebrate species and to achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates.
We are working hard to achieve this through:
- Promoting the environmental importance of invertebrates and raising awareness about the challenges to their survival.
- Assisting in the development of legislation and policy that will ensure the conservation of invertebrates.
- Developing and disseminating knowledge about how to conserve invertebrates.
- Encouraging and supporting invertebrate conservation initiatives by other organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
- Undertaking practical conservation projects that will contribute to achieving our aim.