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Re: Mason bees

Post  Kelejan on 12/31/2014, 8:54 pm

@nosmok wrote:From what I've read it seems the issue may be extreme cold or nest infiltration.  The Crown Bees site has lots of good info
I think another problem may be damp?

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Post  sanderson on 1/1/2015, 3:56 am

Is there a time during the year that they will be empty of viable eggs/cocoons so the block can be taken apart for house keeping?

Nosmok, Will you post a photo of the shelter when done? Thank you

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Post  nosmok on 1/1/2015, 2:37 pm

The trays should be taken apart in late September/October to harvest the larvae and store them.  The holes are 5/16 inch in diameter to fit the mason bee.  This bee is an early spring pollinator, then it seals its hole with mud and the larvae develop on the pollen that was harvested in the nest.
For later spring pollination you can use the leafcutter bee.  It nests in a 1/4 inch hole.  So I might make separate trays for this later spring bee and just switch them out when the nests are sealed.  The sealed mason bee nests can be stored plug side up in a mesh bag to prevent infiltration by pests until ready to open in fall.

I'll post pictures of the houses when built!

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Post  sanderson on 1/1/2015, 4:03 pm

Nosmok,  Thank you.

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Post  nosmok on 1/3/2015, 5:45 pm

Rainy day here in Memphis. Great opportunity to turn some old barnwood into the houses for my mason bee trays.  As you can see the trays are easily removable and I plan on mounting the houses to a wooden fence near my garden.  My son and I played with a few design ideas.  There's enough space to place the juvenile pulpae on top of the trays in early spring and even surround the trays with addition paper straws to increase the nesting area.




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Post  sanderson on 1/4/2015, 3:24 am

Thank you for posting the step by step directions and photos. I'm a thinkin' thinking

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Post  sanderson on 4/12/2015, 8:58 pm

Post  FRED58 Today at 5:53
Funny, I could have sworn I had posted on this thread. Anyway there are lots of ways to attract solitary bees to your garden. Try Googling "Mason Bee House". (Mason Bees are common all over North America, and good pollinators). The homes are easy to build, but you can also buy them from Amazon and Lee Valley (I don't know if Lee Valley is in the US though). Good luck and welcome from the Great White North!

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Post  sanderson on 4/12/2015, 9:00 pm

Fred, Your first post on Mason Bees was misplaced by me. I will try to see where I accidentally put it and restore it to this topic. My apologies. Now, where did I put my glasses?

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Post  nosmok on 4/12/2015, 9:02 pm

Just put my cocoons out today behind the blocks with the holes.  Use the "attractant" and spread some "clayey" material in the vicinity.  Will advise if I have success in the next weeks!

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Post  sanderson on 4/12/2015, 9:03 pm

Thanks, Nosmok

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Re: Mason bees

Post  Pepper on 4/12/2015, 9:30 pm

pollen mites invade the cocoons damaging the larva before it can hatch. here is a youtube video explaining why you don't want to chance leaving them in a tube    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJFvmJlPUng

here is a how to clean mason bee larva and how to store them till they have a food source
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrZkT9cC99k

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