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New generation emerges at bee hotel

What's more exciting than watching native bees building nests in your backyard bee hotel?
How about witnessing their offspring emerge, an entire year after the nest was completed!

Yes, I was there to see it - and again I had the camera rolling, so you too can share the fun.

This is the same nest that featured in one of my previous videos

Video: Native bee emerging from a bee hotel. Runs 3 mins.

This nest was completed on 15 December 2013 and this bee emerged from it on 18 December 2014. 

Fortunately, I 'just happened' to be nearby as the bee prepared to emerge. I could hear it working inside the hole! It was a bit like hearing a chick 'pipping' or tapping before they hatch from their egg, I guess.

I've edited the footage (thought 3 minutes might be enough for most people). It took about 45 minutes from the time I noticed the first signs of action to the bee leaving the nest.

The emerging bee had to use her mandibles (mouth or jaw if you like) to break up the 'plug' that had protected the nest, before she could leave. 

I think it is a female as there's no sign of the modified forelegs the males of this species have.

Please forgive the shaky camera work ... just bear in mind the macro nature of the shot, and the extreme amateur status of the photographer.


Reader Comments (2)

Fantastic website, Karen and Ralph. I, too, am especially interested in native bees and love observing them in the garden. I really enjoyed the movie of the bee emerging from its home! I also find Bowerbird a wonderful place for trying to get IDs of the many pollinators that visit the garden.

I have just subscribed to your updates via email and look forward to receiving them.



Fri, September 18 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Thynne

Hi Jenny,
Thanks for popping by! I've long admired your wonderful photographs on Flickr and BowerBird.
It's great to be able to connect with others who share a love of watching and photographing the plants and animals across the seasons in our gardens - even though we're in totally different parts of the country.
Best wishes and thanks again, Karen

Sun, September 20 | Registered CommenterKaren

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