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    Default Antique Equipment

    Hello all. I have searched high and low for information on these two pieces with no luck. I picked these two boards up at an antique store in Fallon, Nevada. The tag was simply labeled "Bee Boards." Can anyone provide information on these? Thanks in advance.

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    Welcome to Beesource!

    Its hard to judge how big the holes are from your photograph. But if those blocks are wood, and the holes dead-ended, they may be 'native bee'* nesting blocks. More info here:
    http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/upl...es_society.pdf


    *Honey bees are not 'native' bees as they were 'imported' into the Americas some centuries ago.
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    leafcutter bee blocks is my guess, Bumbles use cavities and mouse nests.

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    I'm seeing perforated sheet metal. It looks like half holes at the end and I don't see any depth. A picture that includes a reference for size would be helpful as would a statement of size and material.

    I don't even have a first guess as to what they are.
    Bill

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    I say nesting space for leafcutter bees, too. I've seen these in alfalfa fields to increase seed yield.
    --shinbone
    (1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')

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    Yes, those are for leafcutter bees. I have one somewhere around here.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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