Recently I have bought a tiny home for bees. The idea came from our gardener and when I understood the peculiarities of the Beehome idea I decided to go for it. Here is the homepage if you want to have a look at it: Wild biene und Partner. I decided to go for it for multiple reasons, here a short recap:
- I love bees
- This specific kind of bees don’t require particular care as they don’t produce any honey
- They have a very little and soft stinger which they don’t use unless severely mishandled
The whole project is a spin off of the ETHZ and works incredibly well as in regard to organisation: when you place your order you can decide when to receive the bees: in my case it worked as planned. When you open the package you don’t have to worry as the bees still need to develop therefore they won’t attack you as soon as you set them free. On the contrary, as you open, everything will seem pretty silent.
Knowing that inside of the small house there are living organisms I decided to take it outside as soon as possible so that the bees could start breathing fresh air again.
And now, after one week of having them, I have already seen the first bee coming out one of the small holes and flying around on some kind of orientation flight.
As for the moment being it seems to be just one of the 25 that you receive I didn’t want to go to near and disturb it while on his orientation flight therefore I don’t have pictures yet: still the bee is pretty hairy, mid-sized, and makes a decent buzz while flying… I’m so in love!
A few hours later I was able to record a very short video.
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interesting Andrea, a part from the sentimental issue of keeping bees, is there any practical use? like increase of pollination?? thx Michael
Hi Michael! Yes the company which is offering this service is also providing bigger bee yards which they take to farmers who have fruits trees in order to grant pollination. This specific kind of bee, the wall bee is more efficient in this operations since it can work at lower temperatures than the usual honey producing bee… if you know German and have 10 mins to spend at this address https://www.ethz.ch/de/news-und-veranstaltungen/eth-news/news/2014/01/wildbienen-haben-viel-zu-bieten.html you may find detailed information.