I'm Chris and my wife is Hellen, and we live in central Portugal.
We have a 4 acre Quinta with mostly grape vines & cherry trees. We keep sheep (as grass cutters) and chickens (for eggs) and grow most of our own veg.
We do not keep bees. Not does anyone in our small village.
How do we come to have a bee that appears to be trying to make its own hive in the garage?
To be more precise, we have a Stihl chainsaw hanging up which has recessed screw holes. They are about a quarter of an inch deep.
Our bee has filled 3 of these holes so far, two yesterday and one today. This morning it was waiting outside the garage and went in when Hellen opened the door!
So, a) what is it doing?
b) what do we do about it?
We have no intention of harming it but we will need to use the chainsaw at some point and we really can't have a bee as a lodger.
Any suggestions would be very welcome,