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Look at all the Mason bees that emerged in spring. These fellows are ready to go.
Mason Bees and many other types of insects protect their offspring with casings of clay. Who would have thought that a rounded piece of clay, would have such an interesting content! Nothing is ever like it appears. A great show and tell for the kids.
This parasitic fungi is present in most regions and infects mason bee larvae during the spring/summer months. Decrease the presence of this parasitic fungi by first washing and scrubbing and rinsing bee homes, nesting trays AND mason bee cocoons in water Then- ALWAYS -give these items a final rinse with bleach (4 litres/one gallon of water with 1/4 cup of bleach).
Caution: Prevent release of fungal spores by not breaking the blackened pupae. More information in the book “Pollination with mason Bees“.
Along with turkeys and cranberry sauce and lots of other good things, it is time to clean your mason bee homes and cocoons.
Lots of info on our Facebook page about washing cocoons, removing mites with a sieve and storing them safely over the winter. After washing, dry cocoons on paper towels. Pollen feeding mites that you can remove by washing under running water have 8 legs and are just about microscopic. You can see them fairly well with a 10 x magnifying glass.
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Happy thanksgiving Canada.
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Place nests and housing into these large sturdy bags and your parasitic wasps will not be able to continue killing your new bee offspring.