What’s a mason bee?
WE PARTNERED WITH OUR FRIENDS AT CROWN BEES TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH MASON BEES AND SUPPLIES.
- The mason bee is a solitary bee, as a result, they are very gentle as they have no hive to defend.
- Each female is a queen, and spends her entire live gathering pollen and nectar, laying eggs, and separating her egg chambers with mud.
- Few bees create honey. The mason bee’s primary duty for you is to create great pollination!
- All mason bees live about 6 weeks and emerge with different temperatures. (There are over 130 species in North America!) The spring mason bees emerge when daytime temperatures are about 55°F.
What do you need to successfully raise mason bees?
- Pollen in your yard. The spring mason bee is a generalist, and gathers her pollen from native and other spring blossoms.
- Holes to nest in. We have found that the mason bee prefers to nest in roughly 5/16″ (8mm) holes, about 6″ (15cm) deep.
- House to keep nesting material dry. Our houses are weather resistant.
- Good clayey-mud. Don’t underestimate this requirement… Your bees need the right mud to build their nests in holes. A small portion of your time to watch for pests while they’re nesting and in the fall with harvesting.5°F.