Mason bees on Apple flower

Mason bees on Apple flower

A mason bee on an apple flower.  A great pollinator of spring blossoms  when inclement weather is a common occurrance. Photo credit- Dave M. Port…

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Honey bee and Mason bee on Dandelion Flower

Honey bee and Mason bee on Dandelion Flower

This is one of my favorite flowers!  Dandelions are a welcome color in the spring and they are a great source of both nectar and pollen…

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Bumble bees in bird house

Bumble bees in bird house

Kathy- Langley, BC sent me these photos of a bumble bees nesting in a bird house last spring.  This is not an uncommon occurrance.  Bumble bees…

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Setting out summer mason bee cocoons in a release box

Setting out summer mason bee cocoons in a release box

 Summer mason bees removed from their Quicklock-Corn nesting tunnels. This bee uses masticated leaf material as partition material.  In the fall, when you…

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Nest Placement-East facing

Nest Placement-East facing

Quite a few new mason bee enthusiasts have asked me about nest location. The best location for nests optimally includes the following: 1) East facing-bees…

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Unsuccessful development of young mason bees

Unsuccessful development of young mason bees

This nesting tray contains 5 nesting tunnels.  The upper nesting tunnel contains cocoons with a mud partition between each cocoon.  The mud plug at the left hand…

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