Franks harvesting story

Franks harvesting story

Thank you Frank for the great pictures.  This will help lots of folks identifying stuff they find in their mason bee nests. Adult parasitic wasps…

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Winter cocoon storage in the Kootenays

Winter cocoon storage in the Kootenays

A question from Anne in the Kootenays (BC). “ I was given your starting kit as a gift, and I am not clear if the cocoons …

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How many mason bees do I need to pollinate my small orchard.

How many mason bees do I need to pollinate my small orchard.

A question from Gary, WA.  “Approximately how many bees do  I need to pollinate  17 fruit trees.  How many females do you recommend? “ Good fruit production depends…

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Optimize your cocoon production by candling

Optimize your cocoon production by candling

Here is something else to do besides cleaning and preparing for spring.   A nifty conversion of a 6v flashlight.   to produce lots of bees…

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Net bags and parasitic wasps

Net bags and parasitic wasps

From summer to early winter place mason bee homes inside a net bag.  This will prevent your mason bees from being parasitized while they are…

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Parasitic wasp of mason bee cocoons

Parasitic wasp of mason bee cocoons

Margriet, Can you verify that this picture is a Parasitic Wasp (or not)? Thanks. Valeri Wade Wild Bird Chalet 705 Kentucky Street Bellingham, WA 98225…

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