My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
|Olive tree flowers in full bloom- end of May.|
|The huge and awesome Colosseum of Rome.|
|The local roads of the ancient Roman town of Pompei with Mt Vesuvius in the background.|
|One of the beautiful mosaics of Pompei.|
|A delicate 5 coloured mosaic in the ancient coastal port of Rome, Ostia Antica.
Most mosaics that we saw were black and white.
|Flower Market in Utrecht, Holland|
|Campanula- a bee attractive plant.|
|These two varieties of bee attractive Sage|
|Salvia, a bee attractive plant|
|Buying flowers at the market|
Here a few pictures of bee attractive flowers at a flower market in Utrecht, Holland. I only took pictures of flowers that had bumble bees foraging amongst the flowers. This is a great way to buy flowers that are bee attractive and flowers that will feed bees in your garden.
|The screen dangles from a screw at this nest.|
Joe S. from Burnaby, has come up with a very simple way of protecting his nests AFTER bees have stopped flying or when the nest is full ( Note: Mason Bees tend to avoid nests with screens).
The screen is not fixed into place but dangles and moves with the wind, making it very awkward for woodpeckers to land at the nest.
|Paperclips are used here to give the screen
the proper positioning over the nesting holes.
Over the past several weeks, during my travels, I kept my eyes open for ‘Bee attractive’ plant’s. I watched out for bees on flowers knowing that these plants provide the bee with pollen or nectar or both. Keep in mind that a ‘bee attractive plant may not always appear attractive to bees. For instance, when more attractive (provide more food) flowers are present, bees go to the rich source of food, and not the poor source of food. Visitation strongly depends on if other attractive flowers are present in the area. If you don’t see any bees on a variety of flowers, it might mean temperatures are too cold, or that there are no bees in the vicinity.
|Earlier in the spring, Mason Bees chewed their
way out of their cocoons, leaving the cocoon hulls.
|Remove Release house and examine
cocoon hulls inside.
When only a few mason bees remain active at the nest it is time to remove cocoon hulls. Nest tunnels have been filled over the past month or so, and pretty well all activity is at or near its end. Cocoon hulls may contain developing parasitic wasps and wasps can destroy a lot of newly developing cocoons.
|Empty cocoon remains from the emergence
box to a transparent container, like a petridish.
I have added two clips. One of mason bees flying around and pollinating Kale flowers. The second is one on mason bees using the Corn Quicklock nesting trays.
Go to link http://www.youtube.com/user/Beediversemasonbees