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.
|These cocoons were harvested early October just when weather was getting colder
and water was condensing on the Quicklock nesting trays.
Early enough to avoid fungal growth over cocoons.
|These cocoons were harvested in early Nov, after cold weather had settled in.
A few cocoons were covered in mold. This mold is easily washed off in cold water and a little bleach.
|Quicklock nesting trays with 4 healthy looking cocoons.
Cocoons are covered in feces which is easily washed off in cold water.
|Quicklock trays with healthy cocoons. The brown and black speckles
are bee feces or frass.
Frass is easily washed off in cold water.
|These are different coloured mason bee mud plugs in Quicklock nesting trays.
The black paint is used to help bees orient to their nesting tunnel.
|Small cocoons towards the front of the tunnel are usually males.
The females are in the back of the nesting tunnel and are larger than the male cocoon.
|Sometimes a nesting tunnel consists of a few mud debris.
The female either died before she could finish the nest or she became
disoriented and found another nesting tunnel for nesting.
|Tunnels can be completely full or partly filled.|