|Instructional Guide - Siting your Bumble Bee Nesting Box||21/04/2014||128.22KB||download|
ENCOURAGING BUMBLE BEE POLLINATION IN YOUR GARDEN AND ON YOUR PROPERTY IS A VERY EFFECTIVE AND NATURAL WAY TO INCREASE BOTH YEILDS AND CROP SIZES.
This hand crafted New Zealand made wooden Bumble Bee Nesting Box is fitted with a removable waterproof lid protected in exterior yacht varnish. The exterior of the Bumble Bee Nesting Box is coated in a natural linseed oil and the interior of the nesting box remains natural bare wood.
The bumble bee nesting box comes ready for use and complete with nesting material.
Successful occupation of the nesting box depends upon correct siting: surrounding terrain should be well-drained, protected from excessive winds, shade or heat, and a site against a tree or building aids the bee’s orientation. Least successful locations are facing south or placed underneath pine trees.
Bumble bees work very long hours, foraging from dawn to dusk in search of nectar and pollen even on cold, rainy or foggy days which prevent other insects from flying. Despite being cold-blooded, bumble bees are able to produce their own body heat chemically and by muscular activity. They maintain a thoracic temperature between 35-40 degrees Celsius through enzymes in the flight muscles which break down certain sugars and release energy in the form of heat, and this enzyme is not present in the muscles of honey bees. They may also “warm up” for flight by decoupling their wings from the flight muscles, and produce warmth through an action akin to shivering. Even at temperatures below zero, bumble bees may still be flying. Their durability is very important as far as orchardists or home gardeners are concerned, “From early springtime right through to early summer the weather can change dramatically during the day – temperatures can plummet, greatly affecting honey bees, which won’t fly below 10 degrees Celsius. This is especially important for kiwifruit growers during its brief late November flowering period – in a cold, wet season, and bumble bees may well be the only insect pollinators visiting their flowers.”