Containers…the theme for this week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge. But I’ve been maxing out my UK sunshine time this week and taking more notice of the natural world than man-made objects. So I was struggling for inspiration. And then, as I sat reveling in the late evening sunshine with a glass of wine in hand, I glanced across at the ‘insect hotel’ I’d bought for my dad’s garden a few years ago, nestling amongst the foliage. And there it was.
This particular insect hotel has been a massive hit with leaf-cutter bees. They tend to nest in holes – plant stems, walls, or in this case, stacked hollow bamboo cylinders.
They cut the leaf discs, filling their selected hole to create a nest for their larvae. They apparently particularly favour rose leaves, which would make sense, as this garden is packed with different rambling roses. I love looking at the circular cut-outs in the remaining leaves, knowing that there is a leaf-cutter bee buzzing contentedly about somewhere, happy with the home they’ve had for the next generation of leaf-cutters.