Although round nesting holes are preferred by mason bee, they will use all kinds of shapes and sizes of holes, including these routered holes. these nests are created by routering grooves in pieces of wood, which are stacked and thus creating the nesting holes. colored markers to help mason bees find their nest can easily be done on wood. some of the ‘unused’ nesting holes are actually used by the bees for their overnight stay. for this reason it is always best to have more nesting holes then the number of female mason bees that are released.
Most of these Beediverse Quicklock corn nesting tunnels are plugged and filled with young developing mason bees. Mud plugs are of varying colors indicating that different females use different sources of mudding material. Three of the nesting holes remain unplugged and look empty although the lower open nesting hole on the lower left, contains a mason bees. It is probably close to filling its nesting tunnel. These nesting trays are of the newer ‘wood’ colors except the blue which gives the trays some color to help with the bees’ orientation. Overall, this spring nesting was mostly successful. In many cases, production looks like it will be more than the number of cocoons set out in the early spring.
If you are interested in growing fruit, this is the society for you. Four times a year, they put out a magazine called Pome News. It is full of great stories, How to, recipes and much more. I just received my winter 2013 issue. Homemade apple sauce is one I need to try out. Spices added are ginger, anise, cloves and cardamon. Mmm sounds delicious. Other interesting writeups include a description of a trip to some old orchards and identifying the apple varieties. Fascinating. Another interesting How-to article on grafting onto old trees.
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Great pictures. I am not too sure who the culprit is here. Several mason beekeepers have sent me pictures with cotton in and around nesting tunnels. We are still searching for the culprit!
Yes, the large yellow grubs look like beneficial wasps. Clean out the rest of the channels, and close up the nesting tray. Set out with cleaned trays ready for next spring. Margriet
We are excited that Beediverse will be at the next Seattle Flower and Garden show on Feb 20-24 2013. Come and visit our booth and bring your questions. We will have lots of knowledgeable people at the booth to answer your questions.
We are at Booth 2319. We are sharing a large booth with West coast Seeds. A combination of mason bee products, mason bee cocoons and seeds will be available for your garden.