Inside the nest- healthy cocoons and mites

Inside the nest- healthy cocoons and mites

Here is Frank’s third photo.  “015 shows channels with healthy cocoons, but I’ve never seen so much bee frass!!  The only part of the cocoons visible…

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Inside the nest-pupae and wiry frass

Inside the nest-pupae and wiry frass

Here is Frank’s photo number 017  “It shows a wooden tray infested with foreign larvae, plus at least four different-looking types of wiry frass.  Are they all…

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Inside the nest- many white pupae

Inside the nest- many white pupae

Here is photo 011 by Frank M.  Frank writes “011 shows just how abundant these foreign larvae were in some cases.  In this image, they…

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Inside the nest- wiry frass

Inside the nest- wiry frass

Frank M.  contacted me recently about his findings at his yearly mason bee workshop.  A most interesting series of photos- with permission. “This photo shows…

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Inside the nest: cocoons inside 'cotton fluff"

Inside the nest: cocoons inside ‘cotton fluff”

There have been half a dozen reports of cotton fluff inside the nesting tunnels.  Here is one I found myself.  Most of the fluff is…

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Inside the nest- Resin bees

Inside the nest- Resin bees

 When I find resin bees inside nesting tunnels, I remove any mason bee cocoons , remove mason bee debris out of tunnels with a tooth brush,…

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