I was scanning my news feed yesterday when I saw an interesting headline, “The Most Fascinating Facts About Mason Bees.” I eagerly clicked on the link, thinking I might learn something. Just below the headline of the article was a gorgeous photo of a big fat bumble bee. Okay, I’m willing to play along. Maybe […] Read more
The conventional wisdom about nesting blocks is that you take a 5/16-inch bit and drill holes that are roughly 5-10 inches long. This will attract orchard mason bees, which is typically what people are trying to do with nesting blocks. But recently my whole attitude toward these blocks was changed by Michael Burgett, Emeritus Professor […] Read more
I try to remain vigilant for mason bee mites and I use recommended control measures for limiting their impact on the few mason bees I have. But earlier this year I saw my first really bad case of hairy-footed mites on the backs of two newly-emerged mason bees. The bees in question emerged not from […] Read more
No Vacancy at the mason bee condo It took them awhile, but the entire condo is filled–as well as the tubes they hatched from. A job well done. I will miss these little bees who are around for such a very short time.
Although I haven’t actually seen many mason bees around, it is easy to see they’ve been hard at work. This mason bee condo was empty two weeks ago. Now there’s only two spaces left and the lower one has a mason bee in it. The tubes on the left are where they hatched, and those […] Read more
I finally put out my tubes of mason bees about two weeks ago. Last year at this time, the mason bees were flying and the pear trees were in bloom. This year, it is still cold and rainy. The lawn splats when I walk across it and the paths to the outbuildings are slippery and […] Read more
One morning this spring I went outside ready to take photos of mason bees coming and going from the bee condo. What I found there wasn’t a bee but my cat, perched about eight feet high on the roof of the bee condo. Although my camera was basically prepared for some macro photography, I quickly […] Read more