What do mites look like? -mites associated with mason bees

What do mites look like? -mites associated with mason bees

Mites are pests for mason bees.  Bees carry them from their old nest to their new nests, and then mites compete for food with the…

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Protect your mason bees from the tiny parasitic wasps

Protect your mason bees from the tiny parasitic wasps

This is the time when parasitic wasps can produce another generation every week.  During the summer months, when temperatures  are higher than in spring and…

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Setting out cocoons- SMALL scale verses LARGE scale

Setting out cocoons- SMALL scale verses LARGE scale

Mass release of alfalfa leaf cutter bee cocoons. I started this article some time ago, before I had all the pictures in place.  Even though…

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6" Petri dishes for Cocoon storage

6″ Petri dishes for Cocoon storage

In a previous blog I wrote about 6″ diameter petri dishes that are so handy for storing large numbers of cocoons.  When you have a…

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Starter Cottages used as release boxes in yurts.

Starter Cottages used as release boxes in yurts.

Starter Cottages, available from my on-line Beediverse.com web site, are by far the best little box for use as a release box/emergence box.  I have…

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Scavenger beetles and mites

Scavenger beetles and mites

“Hi Margriet, I called you yesterday from the 16th/Oak community garden about a strange pest we found in our mason bee hive. They looked like…

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