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Post by Chilli-head on 24th June 2017, 11:30 am

Years ago, inspired by Blue Peter, Jnr and I made an insect hotel from scrap plywood, plastic pipe and old canes. Amazingly it is still in one piece, and even more amazingly it looks like it has occupants ! Some of the cane ends have been sealed off with bits of leaf. Any ideas who does that ?
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Post by Dandelion on 27th June 2017, 10:10 pm

I'm wondering about a leaf cutter bee...

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Post by Ploshkin on 28th June 2017, 7:29 am

Leafcutter was my first thought but they make a cigarette sized tube out of leaves. It could be that they have made the leaf tube inside the pipe. Have you seen any elliptical shaped holes (about 15mm) in leaves of shrubs?

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Post by Chilli-head on 1st July 2017, 7:39 pm

I've not noticed holes in my shrubs,  but a Google image search does confirm that they are leaf cutter bees.  As they are supposed to be excellent pollinators,  and they are right by my apple trees,  they are very welcome !

Lots of insect life in our garden at the moment.  I have umbellifers flowering,  both parsley and coriander,  which are good for attracting beneficial insects.

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Post by FloBear on 2nd July 2017, 10:15 pm

My rampant oregano is flowering now and attracting all sorts of bees as well as a wasp, some hoverflies and a fly. Quite a few butterflies out and about in the sunshine - a comma made it into the house but I managed to hoosh it out again.

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