Mason bee homes and nest types
|Mason bee se-up while pollinating cherries.
Mason bee nests are made of routered channels cut out of compost board.
Boards are held together with a tie-strap.
|Osmia rufa doing the finishing touches to her nest.|
|Osmia rufa male. Note the long antennae.|
|Females resting over night inside their nesting tunnels.|
|Embrace (Osmia rufa)|
For the second year in a row, I have had mason bees nesting in these tiny nesting cavities. These tiny cocoons are similar in colour as Osmia lignaria cocoons, but much smaller in size. I have not seen this small bee fly, so I do not know what they look like nor do I know what time of the year they appear. If you have a piece of corrugated plastic, set a piece in amongst your other nest materials and see what happens.
|Here is the Highrise with nesting trays (without the cedar roof). The gap above the nesting trays is where I insert the folded plastic corrugated material and use it as a wedge to securely hold trays in place.|
|The spring mason bee cocoon is on the left (with its nesting trays on the far left). The tiny summer mason bee cocoon is on the right.|
|After slicing the nesting tunnel open you can see how the tiny cocoon fits into the tiny nesting tunnel.|
|Closeup of plastic corrugated sheets filled with mud plugs.|