Summer Nesting Material
Summer Nesting materials consist of nesting tunnels that are smaller than needed by the early spring mason bees. There are hundreds of these smaller native summer mason bee species in North America. Setting out a bee home is similar to setting out a bird house and often in a year or more, 2-3 species of bees are using these nests.
Nesting material consists of two types of nesting material. Each type of nesting material needs a wood home or structure to protect it from the rain and direct sun.
1) Wood with routered nesting tunnels- sturdy and long lasting
2) Corrugated cardboard- 100 nesting holes- replaced after use. In the fall the bundle is un-rolled and cocoons can easily be harvested.
The corrugated cardboard is least expensive. The wooden nestign trays are more expensive but will last for 5-10 years.
A good starting nest for summer bees.
These stacking trays made from wood. These are designed for smaller summer mason bees that frequent gardens from May to September. The trays have 24 tunnels, to accommodate up to 24 bees and 200 eggs. The trays slip easily into any BeeDiverse Mason Bee House.
These Nesting Trays have small tunnels specially sized for summer mason bees. The tunnels are 4mm (5-32nd inch) in diameter. Each tray has routered, lengthwise grooves. When stacked the trays form tunnels where the bees nest and lay their eggs. In the fall, you can gently pop the trays apart and for a close up look at the nests and cocoons.
The trays are modular – just add more trays to increase your mason bee population.
Corrugated wrap provides nesting cavities for the smaller summer mason bees.Nesting cavities are 3-4mm in height and 4mm in width – perfect for the tiny summer mason bees. Corrugated wrap is easy to use and the cost is right. In the spring set roll of corrugated wrap with its nesting holes horizontal, inside a weather proof home. In the fall after summer mason bees have nested the roll of corrugated cardboard can be unrolled and cocoons can be harvested. Replace roll for next season. Dimensions of corrugated wrap 4 x 4 x 6″ (9.7 x 9.7 x 15.3cm) Hole dimension are 3-4 x 4mm