Monthly Archives: May 2012
|Cherry flowers in full bloom|
|Vista of apple blossoms|
|From pinks to full bloom|
|Orchard with mason bee yurt in background|
We now have available, both the Chalet and Highrise with specifically designed nests for the leafcutter bee. In addition, the Chalet and one of the Highrises, also has the cardboard wrap for the other small summer mason bees. With or without bees, this refuge and nesting site is a boon for increasing your summer pollinators. At this time leafcutter bees are availabe in Canada only.
This is my second year with a mason bee nest. When I cracked
open my corn plastic stack to clean my nest last year I was surprised to find two
of the tunnels occupied by spiders.
I had at least 25 cocoons hatch this spring. I went out o check on the house
on Tuesday and noticed webs around the house. On closer inspection, at least
three tunnels had fine webs over the openings.
I assume the spiders prey on the bees. Am I correct? And if so, how do I get
rid of them without disturbing the entire corn plastic bee stack?
That is a good question. The only way I know is to catch and remove them from the site. This would be quite difficult I think.
I have seen a jumping spider catch a mason bee! So bees beware!
Check out this link to a short video of a mason bee emerging from a cocoon. Thank you Kevin and Patty. The emerging process happens fast. Click on the link and go the the bottom of the page. http://beediverse.com/gallery/