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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:14 pm    Post subject: Insect hotel Reply with quote

I am cutting up some bamboo sticks, and gathering some red bricks and sticks and stuff for the local national school, they are building an Insect Hotel with pallets so it's very big. I have some sea shells, could they be be of any use ? Does anyone know, also any other ideas would be helpful , thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother always reckoned our budgie died with all the fly spray my mother used but back to my question .....
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you hoping to attract, Worms. Earwigs, Woodlice, Millipedes, Or something more exotic.
Solitary wasps, Mining bees, Bumblebees.
What proof have you it works, If you just look around you will probably find more.
WQhat will your reaction be if you provide a home for something exotic that could wipe out local insect populations like Hive beetle, Wax moths imagine if the forest Bumblebee turns up carrying some Virus like DFW (Deformed wing virus) ABPV (Acute bee paralisis virus) Isralie acute paralasis virus (IAPV)
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/science/bees-deformed-wing-virus.html?_r=0
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm food for thought. I will pass this message on to the school. Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you not stretching this a bit far with the what ifs? It is only a school project after all. Sure whatever happens the kids will learn something.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is already built. I don't think it is going to change. It is just being added to
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you thought I was evil Ado? Huh?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The viruses I mentioned all do exist and can be found in honeybees they are usually transmitted by Varrora mites and can have a devestating effect on Bees.
The article while it could be factualy correct it is wrong and the picture is not of a bee but a fly. Thats what you get when journalists get involved in enviormental issues they know nothing about ,
But back to the Insect hotel.There are lots of Insects hotels advertised and loads of examples on the Internet, Just like hedgehog nesting boxes and bumblebee nest boxes but there is no proof any of them serve the purpose the were meant for, If you just leave a section of our garden alone it will probablly attract more. I dont know where you are but if you contacted a local beekeping Association they would probably have an Observation hive they would bring to the school. You could also contribute to biodiversity ireland, submiting records from the schol grounds, such as Wildflowers, trees, birds, Bumblebee walk or something kids could observe on way to school Road Kill of mammals. you would be amazed with the amount of data you could collect from a small area.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes T people don't realise how sensitive we are. Back to the original question. I have looked up and researched, so has the school. They already have 2 green flags. They have a couple of raised beds in different areas of the school with veg, fruit and herbs and a wildlife area with trees, crab apple etc, herbs, compost , and wild areas ( ie areas left wild) and beech, viburnum, hawthorn etc hedging.They have the Insect Hotel well and truly under way. My question was ..., would sea shells in the Insect Hotel serve any purpose ? Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answer to your question is yes, The mason bee Osmia bicolour uses seashells for nesting and in Ireland Osmia aurulenta nests in empty snail shells.
http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/osmia-aurulenta-behaving-strangely/
the things you learn here.
There are 58 records of Osmia all from the east coast so far.
Hope this distribution map works.
http://maps.biodiversityireland.ie/SpeciesGroup/23/Species/56993?FullDictionary=false&UseCommonNames=false
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much
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No Problem, if we know we will tell you if not we will spoof until someone smarter comes along.
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