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.

Matt B. writes.

“We’re seeing a curious phenomenon this year, and hope you can enlighten us.  As we’ve done previous years, we set our cocoons out in plastic tubs with little holes cut in to let the bees emerge.  This year the bees (or perhaps some other creatures we haven’t seen) seem to be leaving splats of mud on the outside of the release tubs, concentrated around the holes.  I’ve attached a photo of one of the tubs.  You can see they’ve dropped some mud on the plywood on their approach to the tub as well.  We’re seeing male bees flying, but haven’t seen any female bees or any activity around the nesting tunnels.  Have you seen this before?  Are the bees doing it?  Do you know why?”  

 These ‘splats’ of mud are the ‘post emergence fecal droppings’ or simply put ‘bee poop’.  It  is a good sign to tell us that bees have emerged.   Now that warmer spring temperatures have arrived on the West coast of North America female mason bees will soon be emerging, mating and pollinating.  Thanks for the photo and your questions!  Margriet

( 149)

One Response to Bee droppings

  • Margriet, thanks for the explanation. The bees are fascinating creatures, and it seems like there's always more to learn.
    – Matt

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Receive 12 How-to tips on managing mason bees plus our Newsletter with How-to information, Ideas and Specials

Sign up for the latest Buzz!

This blog includes: management tips on how to keep mason bees, stories and pictures from other mason bee keepers, trends in the industry, research news, interesting links, review of products, events and other interesting items.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 96 other subscribers

January 2017
M T W T F S S
« Dec    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  
Popular posts
  • Bumble bees in bird house Kathy- Langley, BC sent me these photos of a bumble bees…
  • Key to identifying Apples The Seattle Tree Fruit Society have a great Key to…
  • Mason, resin and leafcutter bees This is how some insects overwinter, protected from the winter…
  • Spiders eat bees Hello Margriet. This is my second year with a mason…
  • How-to:   First steps in Fall cleaning ... It is time to clean out nests  and harvest your…
  • Cocoons in cotton-like material From: Harriet WSubject: weird yellow fluffy substance foundMessage Body:When I…
  • Franks harvesting story Thank you Frank for the great pictures.  This will help…
  • Scavenger beetles and mites "Hi Margriet, I called you yesterday from the 16th/Oak community…
  • Inside the nest: cocoons inside 'cotton fluff There have been half a dozen reports of cotton fluff…
  • Ants- watch out! Check out your mason bee homes every now and then,…