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    ^ they do look good.

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    About 2 hours earlier today I saw a swarm of bees blow through our backyard and figured they wouldn't stop..... However





    They did, in one of our shade trees by the house. The nice thing about these bees is they are not aggressive and you can put your hand right up next to the swarm and they pay you no attention. I like having a hive in our yard. They can pollinate our flowering trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    About 2 hours earlier today I saw a swarm of bees blow through our backyard and figured they wouldn't stop..... However





    They did, in one of our shade trees by the house. The nice thing about these bees is they are not aggressive and you can put your hand right up next to the swarm and they pay you no attention. I like having a hive in our yard. They can pollinate our flowering trees.
    Awesome picture and yes bees are so important to nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    I like having a hive in our yard. They can pollinate our flowering trees.
    ^ Agreed. Had a few build combs in some trees but they never seem to get large or stay too long, more is the pity as they are safe away from marauding Thais after the honey

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    What's in your garden?-11111-jpg

    Ahhhhh just ripe for the BBQ!

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    what size was she, i love looking at them, dangerous tho they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    what size was she, i love looking at them, dangerous tho they are.
    This beauty was about 15cm by 3cm. Yeah they are very cool and we had quite a few hanging around. We also had plenty of Huntsman's but since we got cats and they were allowed in the garden, we don't see either anymore.

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    ^ shame, i try to let them all have a place. I let an area go to elephant grass as this encourages the weaver birds collecting the grass which is great to watch when they are nesting but more importantly always encourages praying mantis, one of my favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    praying mantis
    Love me a mantis, awesome creatures.

    Unfortunately this is our Bangkok mooban garden so its only 15m2, not much space for everyone to coexist. I think the fact more people have moved in around us now has made it a little less wild. Really looking forward to having a proper garden in the countryside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecollector View Post
    Love me a mantis, awesome creatures.
    Man same here and we have lots of them around our place.

    This was a few days back.







    This fella was hanging out on my big leaf plant waiting.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Had a few build combs in some trees but they never seem to get large or stay too long,
    This seems to be their way:

    A. florea migrate seasonally from one habitat to another. This might increase colony fitness, as the honeybees search for new territories, resources, or a reduction in parasites. Once a colony has outgrown its hive space, it will reproduce via swarming.

    Apis florea - Wikipedia

    Worth a read, if you are are interested in such things.

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    We have a flowering shrub that attracts these cool beetles. I've only ever seen them for sale as jewelry in the markets.

    Our caretaker told my wife there were loads on that bush during the rainy season. So we're hoping they will be back again.



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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    We have a flowering shrub that attracts these cool beetles. I've only ever seen them for sale as jewelry in the markets.
    Nice. One of the Jewel beetles, maybe Sternocera aequisignata punctatofaveata. I have never seen one in the wild.

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    I thought Mendip might apprecite some snaps to remind him of home. I'm sure his gardener has a fine display ready his return.

    What's in your garden?-orchid3-jpgWhat's in your garden?-orchid2-jpgWhat's in your garden?-orchid1-jpg

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    ^Thanks there definitely interesting. I hope to see a few myself.

    I'd like to see those little golden beetles as well.

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    Beautiful Stumpy, I love the shape of their heads, they look like aliens.

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