1/16" holes in cocoons?

1/16″ holes in cocoons?

I really enjoyed your seminar in Courtney today and went home to open my nest only to find that about half of the cells (40+)…

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Predators!

Predators!

Some thing was here before you could harvest your bee cocoons!  Most often these are predatory beetles,  they chew through the mud and eat whatever…

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Cocoon harvest on Saltspring Island

Cocoon harvest on Saltspring Island

Harry Burton emailed me these pictures of his excellent cocoon harvest.  My guess is around 5000 cocoons or more.

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Pollen lump and why

Pollen lump and why

Hugh L. from Chilliwack phoned and asked why 15% of nest contents are pollen lumps and not adult bees inside their cocoons.  Pollen lumps found…

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Pests

Pests

Kristy writes:  Our first spring with mason bees about half our bees hatched. Of those bees they filled about 1/3 of one of the houses….

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How to remove Mites.

How to remove Mites.

FROM LESLIE:  I’ve followed the steps to clean the cocoons as outlined in your book. The cocoons were really heavily covered in mites, and there…

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