Mason Bees

Spring is bursting out all over! Soon our local pollinators will be flying around transferring pollen. Did you know that without bees and other pollinating insects we would have no food? Honey bees are declining because of two mites that infect them so we need to do everything we can to support our bee population.

You can help by putting up nests for native bees. One is the mason bee, shown below.

Mason bee

Mason bees come out earlier than honey bees and they do not sting. They look for narrow crevices to lay their eggs. It’s fascinating to read their story. I have a sheet describing the bees and how to take care of them. Email me at kathywinters179@gmail.com and I’ll send you a copy.

Empty bees nests ready for this year’s occupants

This is one way to store the tubes. Wood blocks also work.

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