Nest Blocks &
How to Attract Blue Banded Bees
If you want to attract blue banded bees to your garden, there are a number of things you can do. You can of course incorporate preferred plant species into your garden. Include some pollen and nectar producers for the best results. I grow tomatoes, and have 3 perennial basil plants and 2 dwarf abelias laid out in a way that encourages them around to my vegetable garden at the side of the house. The bees follow the line of basil bushes, and stop at the abelias every once in a while, jamming their entire head into the flower.
With the bees already visiting, the next thing to try is building some nest blocks for them to live in. You’ll find access to a great article on this on the links page. Blue banded bees are attracted to their nests by smell, and they leave their smell on the outside of the nest. This also attracts new bees to the environment, so if you know the location of an existing nest, collect the fine dirt scratchings from outside and deposit it in front of your artificial nest blocks.
My own attempt at making bbb nest blocks with cement blocks and local clay deposits were a disaster. The mix ended up cracking badly, and the blocks were ridiculously heavy. Check out the 'links' page for an article on how it should be done !!
My failed nest blocks with cracked clay were excessively heavy,
but a lighter loam just may have worked.
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