- Dave: I have had good luck with the paper craft straws known as Artstraws that are available on line from school supply kind of places, likeMessage 1 of 7 , Jun 4, 2009View SourceDave:I have had good luck with the paper craft straws known as Artstraws that are available on line from school supply kind of places, like www.unbeatablesale.com or www.dickblick.com. I've gotten diameters from 4mm to .25 inches. They are long so you cut them to your desired length. They are not as sturdy as the commercial ones for bees, but they have been good for me and are really cheap.T'aiOn Jun 4, 2009, at 6:05 PM, David_r_smith@... wrote:
As part of National Pollination Week, I will be giving a native bee-backyard habitat presentation at one of our local nurseries. I would like to incorporate an activity as part of the presentation so that I am not just doing a lot of talking. I thought having people construct nest tubes with numerous paper straws would be worth considering. I didn't think wooden nest blocks would work as far as having enough tools and drills.
Has anyone done something similar? And one more question, is there a specific website or source for paper straws for nesting bees. Do any paper straws work? It is actually hard to find paper straws these days, most are plastic
Thanks a lot,
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- David- our lab was told to remove sources of suppliers from our web site, but Karen Strickler has a very thorough list available at her informative web site:Message 2 of 7 , Jun 8, 2009View Source
David- our lab was told to remove sources of suppliers from our web site, but Karen Strickler has a very thorough list available at her informative web site:
We _do_ have instructions for using different kinds of nesting materials unders ‘Products and Services’ (again, not my choice)…stick nests might serve you well and are easy to make and deploy.
James H. Cane
USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Lab
Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 USA
tel: 435-797-3879 FAX: 435-797-0461
web pages: www.ars.usda.gov/npa/beelab
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