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Compost container nest

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After trying to get bees to nest in the garden for many years without success (having tried numerous commercial bumble bee nests) I was amazed to hear a loud buzzing coming from our old conical, plastic compost bin.  There’s a small amount of old compost in the bottom, but after a party last year, I threw in a lot of (so-called) biodegradable plastic beakers.  The bees are entering through a hole in the ground at the base of the bin and appear to be nesting in the beakers.  If I take the t0p off the bin and peep in the bees get annoyed and fly out, though I haven’t been stung yet.

Would they have stuffed the beakers with some kind of bedding?

The bees have white tails.