Early July- Time to protect Nests from parasitic wasps?

Early July- Time to protect Nests from parasitic wasps?

 Hello, It July 8/12. Is it too early to put a cloth bag over  mason bee boxes to keep out predators? We are in Comox,…

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Parasitic wasps of Mason Bees?

Parasitic wasps of Mason Bees?

From Norm Z. Can you ID these insects for me? If so what are it’s nesting habits? Thanks Here they are-lovely photos- any body know what species…

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Mason Bee release shelter-for large number of cocoons

Mason Bee release shelter-for large number of cocoons

When I have large numbers of cocoons, I often use trays.  There are about 2000 cocoons on this tray. One tray is turned over to act…

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Candling cocoons

Candling cocoons

A comment on this blog asked for more pictures on candling cocoons.  Just today I candled 4000 cocoons.  It seems like an awful lot, but…

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Methods of Cleaning cocoons- sand or water

Methods of Cleaning cocoons- sand or water

Frank M. wrote “This year I switched to the “dry sand” method of cleaning as developed by Gord Hutchings, to test it.  The group seemed…

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