|~ male mason bee emerging from house ~|
I spent some time outside, communicating with the gardens, trying to get a feel for where they were going this year & happened to check on my mason bees. They started to hatch early this year, so I thought it was prudent to keep an eye on them to see what sort of population I might have around the yard.
This house I purchased last year, so the emerging bees are the first generation. Here is a little male emerging in the spring sunshine. Can't wait to see more hatching out!
|~ new mason bee house ~|
I hope to fix that in the next few days as you do not want to move the houses once the bees start to lay eggs. The females deposit a small pile of pollen & then lays the egg on top of it. As the larva hatches, it will eat the pollen & then spin itself into a cocoon to transform into a bee. If the house is moved or shaken, the egg will roll off that pollen pile & the emerging larva might starve...
|~ female mason bee & cocoons ~|