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.
|Cleaning station in the kitchen.|
|These are hexagon shaped nestign tunnels made of clear plastic.
There is no doubt that mason bees use it, but cleaning nests and
harvesting cocoons is not possible with this nest type. In most locations
if nests are not kept clean, parasites and mites build up in
such numbers that the bee population collapses in 3-4 years.
|This structure holds the clear plastic hexagons, paper
tubes and reeds. Paper tubes can be opened and cocoons can be harvested.
Reeds can also be opened with relative ease. Take care
when choosing reed type because some types of bamboo are near to impossible to open.
|This is the Beediverse Highrise with tubes on the side.
The Highrise Quicklock nesting trays can be opened and
cleaned. After cleaning these nesting trays can be re-assembled
for the following spring.
|A great spot for mason bee homes-a warm
south facing wall under an overhang.
|Success! Cleaned and harvested cocoons|