To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- it must be designed to satisfy the cavity nesting characteristics of a solitary bee species in your area
- it must be designed/located to protect the tubes from rain
- natural/found materials and steel/wood fasteners (no glue, plastic, cardboard, plywood, stain, paint)
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
- post a pic of your solitary bee house under construction
- post a pic of your finished solitary bee house either:
- in its final mounted location, or
- not in a final location if the design can handle the weather without additional protection
- describe what solitary bee species you're making a home for
I made a mason bee house! I used cupplant stalks, some other stalk (possibly milkweed), twigs and pieces of paper rolled around a pencil. The housing is a #10 can. It's under a roof overhang and facing south.
One note on this BB, for consistency, this one is listed as last picture needing it to be mounted for completion , but the birdhouse BB is not... just requests a photo showing completion. Can we change the wording on one of them? Or is there a logical reason to require one mounted and the other not, since the projects are essentially the same idea but for different species?
My unbinding position is that a bird house is usually built to withstand the elements so you can mount it anywhere (as long as it's right-side-up). A mason bee house could be built to go out on a wall without rain protection or it could need to be under an eave. For instance if paper tubes are used, I believe they need to stay dry. So your house has a good overhanging roof and could be mounted anywhere. Mine (coffee can above) has tubes that go all the way to the opening of the can. If I didn't mount it in a protected place, it wouldn't function.
I'll edit the requirements to reflect this for now.
This is my in-progress construction picture of my solitary bee habitat. I observed solitary bees trying to enter the holes similar to the size of the screws we used on Allerton Abbey's facade, so I made the holes in my solitary bee habitat about that size (which is about the size of a pencil). I also made some holes smaller and some bigger to provide diversity of habitat.
This is my completed solitary bee habitat that I made to withstand being outside without additional protection.
This is my completed solitary bee habitat hanging on a tree by the hugelkultur that I built.
My son helped/supervised me; he selected the site, from the two south facing fenceposts we have here at the rental. At his direction, I added some wood to protect it from the rain and canted it to also protect from afternoon sun.
We made sure to give lots of texture to the tube-ends, as crown bees says to: apparently the bees find home visually. Neat!