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Re: Mason bees

Post  camprn on Thu May 18, 2017 9:22 am

@SwampTroll wrote:I've got a question that I'm hoping the folks in here can help me with.

I'm not looking to set up a hive per say, but I am looking at perhaps getting a beehouse or two so that the solitary bees can have someplace to crash.  The issue I have is that the bees I see around my place are closer to hummingbirds in size and all the beehouses I've seen around here are for things the size of flying ants.

Are the big bumblebee looking bees not solitary and as such don't need beehouses?  If they are, where can I find a house that'll actually fit them?

Hi there Swamp Troll. I've moved your post to a thread that may answer some of your questions. There are more threads about bees and other helpful critters that you may find by using the search feature.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Thu May 18, 2017 10:29 am

@SwampTroll wrote:I've got a question that I'm hoping the folks in here can help me with.

I'm not looking to set up a hive per say, but I am looking at perhaps getting a beehouse or two so that the solitary bees can have someplace to crash.  The issue I have is that the bees I see around my place are closer to hummingbirds in size and all the beehouses I've seen around here are for things the size of flying ants.

Are the big bumblebee looking bees not solitary and as such don't need beehouses?  If they are, where can I find a house that'll actually fit them?
The huge bees are likely carpenter bees. Most people don't like to attract them because they can damage wood structures, like parts of houses. They are mostly solitary (sometimes they live in a very small group), but/and there can be more than one nest/hole per piece of wood if it's long enough. If you wanted to provide them with a nesting site, find somewhere you can place a log or thick piece of wood (over 2" diameter), not pressure treated, cheap pine is fine, at least 3ft above the ground - and probably somewhere where people won't usually be walking right near. The bees aren't exactly aggressive - they are very unlikely to sting unless you grab or hit one - but they will thoroughly investigate anything that invades their 'airspace' and most people don't like a giant bee hovering right in their face. The ones with a white 'nose' are the males, and they can't sting at all. Drill a starter hole about 1/2" diameter about 1/2" deep, against/through the grain of the wood to get a tunnel started, and a carpenter bee will chew it deeper and in the direction(s) she feels are suitable. Not sure when the bees chose nest sites - you might not get any takers until next year.

The beehouses for 'flying ant' sized bees are also for solitary bees, but for types that are okay with having close neighbors. The beehouses are intended to provide nesting tubes/holes. I like honeybees and bumbles, but the smaller native bees actually do a really good job of pollinating a lot of my vegetables. The honeybees haven't made an appearance in my garden yet this year. I think the neighbors hives failed. I'm glad to see that the little bees (I don't know what kind) have finally shown up to help pollinate my collard plants so I can get some seeds for next year.
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Post  camprn on Thu May 18, 2017 10:32 am

try bugguide.net

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Post  SwampTroll on Thu May 18, 2017 10:50 am

Thank you.

Based on what I've seen and the pictures I've seen, these just look like big bumblebees.

I wonder if I could get the wildflower garden built this year.  thinking
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Thu May 18, 2017 12:17 pm

@SwampTroll wrote:Thank you.

Based on what I've seen and the pictures I've seen, these just look like big bumblebees.

I wonder if I could get the wildflower garden built this year.  thinking
Carpenter bees do look similar to bumblebees.  You're in luck - I seem to have a photo of both on the same flower so you can compare. The upper is the bumble. The lower is the carpenter. 
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Post  SwampTroll on Thu May 18, 2017 12:44 pm

That is an awesome picture. 

What I'm seeing is definitely not carpenter bees.  While they may not be Bumbles, it's definitely not the smooth abdomen carpenter bees.

Guess I'll need to bust out the camera and see if I can get some close ups.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Thu May 18, 2017 6:13 pm

@SwampTroll wrote:That is an awesome picture. 

What I'm seeing is definitely not carpenter bees.  While they may not be Bumbles, it's definitely not the smooth abdomen carpenter bees.

Guess I'll need to bust out the camera and see if I can get some close ups.
Are they fuzzy at all?

Yes, that is an awesome picture, Beetles!
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Post  SwampTroll on Fri May 19, 2017 6:22 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
Are they fuzzy at all?

Yes, that is an awesome picture, Beetles!

They're pretty much flying striped fuzzballs.  Thankfully they seem to be quite forgiving this time of year.  Here's hoping they find my newly planted (and flowering) blueberries without any issues.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Fri May 19, 2017 7:02 pm

@SwampTroll wrote:
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Are they fuzzy at all?

Yes, that is an awesome picture, Beetles!

They're pretty much flying striped fuzzballs.  Thankfully they seem to be quite forgiving this time of year.  Here's hoping they find my newly planted (and flowering) blueberries without any issues.
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