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Make Your Own Cocoon Release Tube

Monday, March 4, 2019 12:10:49 PM America/Los_Angeles

You want to keep your mason bee cocoons safe when it's time to release them in your bee house. For first-time mason bee raisers, all you need to do is slightly open their cocoon shipping box and set the box on top of your nesting materials and towards the back of the bee house. If you've been raising mason bees for a few years you need a protective container while they emerge from their cocoons.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Mason Bees: Remove and Protect

Monday, June 4, 2018 1:46:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria) and horned-face mason bees (Osmia cornifrons) both only produce one generation of bees per year.

Knowing this fact makes it easier for us to protect the developing larvae from one of the biggest threats that hole-nesting bees face: gnat-sized parasitic wasps.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

How to upgrade your native bee house for summer leafcutter bees

Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:31:49 PM America/Los_Angeles

You can reuse your spring mason bee house to raise summer leafcutter bees.

Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care By Karl Alexander

Bee Lawns: Take it Easy

Friday, May 11, 2018 1:24:42 PM America/Los_Angeles

One of the many stressors that today's bees face is a loss of flowering habitat.

An easy way to increase and improve habitat is to convert our grass lawns, which to a bee is a food desert, to flowering bee lawns. A bee lawn will attract and feed bees while it saves us time, money, and effort.

Blueberry Farm Pollination with Mason Bees

Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:23:44 PM America/Los_Angeles

Blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria) are native bees that are active in the spring and are the perfect pollinators for blueberry fields.

Emerging from their cocoons in the spring, they fly in cooler and wetter weather than honey bees. Instead of living in a hive, mason bees live in pre-made holes and every female bee takes care of her own nest.

0 Comments | Posted in Pro Tips Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

When Mason Bees Fly

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 7:03:39 PM America/Los_Angeles

Your bee house is set up, the weather is warming, your fruit blooms are open, and your mason bee mud supply is ready – what happens when mason bees start flying?

This stage of raising mason bees is what I like to call Wait & Watch and it’s the best part of raising spring mason bees.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Making Mud for Mason Bees

Thursday, March 1, 2018 1:07:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Mason bees are named after masonry for a reason since female mason bees protect each nesting chamber with a wall of clayey mud.

If mason bees can't find clayey mud nearby their bee house, they simply won't nest and will fly away to find another site. Female mason bees carry a mud ball in their large mandibles (jaws) and they are looking for a mud that they can manipulate.

Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Setting Out Spring Mason Bee Cocoons

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:52:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Releasing, or setting out, spring mason bee cocoons is easy and there are a few guidelines that you should follow to keep the bees happy and healthy.

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• Spring mason bees need a minimum daytime temperature of about 55F/13C (don’t worry about nighttime temperatures) and they need open blooms to feed.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Moving Day for Native Bees

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:02:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

Native hole-nesting bees, just like any creature, have their own set of diseases and pests that, when left unchecked, can harm or kill them.

We know that our native mason and leafcutter bees are unable to clean out their nesting holes. Nesting holes should be opened once a year to remove diseases like chalkbrood (a deadly fungal infection) and pests like pollen mites (they eat the pollen loaf before the larvae can). At the very least, fresh nesting holes should be provided every year.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care Wild Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Feeding Early Emerged Bees

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 5:19:34 PM America/Los_Angeles

Sometimes, spring mason bees wake up before your fruit trees and berry plants start blooming. Don't worry, you can provide bees who emerged early inside of your HumidiBee with a couple of options. Includes how to set out cocoons.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin
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