Wednesday of a Few Words: Free the Bees

The Mason Bees were ready to be released in March.  One problem, Mother Nature decided that it was going to rain, rain, and well rain right through to May.  Finally, the rain relented and we freed the bees.

Taped the bee container to the house.

 

Mason Bee House (facing East)

Here they come.

Checking it out.

No! Go back to the house.

Better than TV.

I am still concerned that the bees will not come back to our wooden nest.  If they do nest, I still do not know how I am going to remove the cocoons! Gah!

I am now going to West Coast Seeds to buy some “mud muffins”, which is clay and water that is used by the bees to build mud walls.

Interesting facts and information about Mason Bees:

  • Mason bees rarely sting unless grabbed or stepped on-male bees have male genitalia instead of an ovipositor (stinger)
  • You can easily make your own mason bee habitat by following the plans on masonbeevancouver.com
  • Face the holes east to catch the morning sun in a place that is protected from extremes of wind and rain
  • Mason bees can help restore the reproductivity of fruit trees, blueberries, and raspberries

Comments

  1. Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud says:

    Wow! I learned something new. Thanks for sharing those interesting facts about mason bees. 🙂

    • Naomi Jesson says:

      I am so glad to hear you like the post! I know that I was amazed that there are bees that are not inclined to sting. I was sold when I found out that if you put your hand over their nest, they will wait until you remove it. It’s easier to sell the kids on nature, when they are not in danger 🙂

  2. I didn’t even know there were Mason bees! I have to say, I’m really interested. Keep us posted! Thank you for the sweet birthday song btw 🙂

  3. I love the look of pure concentration on his face! Better than tv indeed.

    • Naomi Jesson says:

      I know. I am so thrilled that they are hypnotized by nature. It was so much fun last year to watch the larvae turn to butterflies. Thought we would try something different this year. Although, I am missing the butterflies. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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