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 find summer mason bee cocoons inside your nesting tunnels, the simplest is to clean out the other nesting tunnels and setting the nesting tray back, with the summer mason bee cocoons, in their wooden shelter ready for next spring.
|Summer solitary bees in a wooden nesting tray.|
|Beediverse Emergence Shelter|
|Emergence nesting boxes made
by Dave M. of Port Alberni BC.
An alternative is to gently remove cocoons with a scoop (these cocoons are more fragile then the relatively sturdy mason bee cocoons) and lay them into a emergence box like the one Dave M. from Port Alberni made or into the Beediverse Emergence Shelter (www.Beediverse.com).
By removing these cocoons from their nesting tunnel, you are freeing up valuable nesting space for other nesting bees in spring and summer.
|Summer mason bee cocoons placed into a Emergence/Release box, after removal
from nesting trays.