The Mighty Mason Bee

The mason bees are here! 

I am happy to report that the first mason bees have been observed emerging from their winter domiciles around the area! I understand that for most readers this might not be the most exciting statement, however let me tell you why mason bees are such fascinating and important native bees. That way, you too can rejoice as you see similar species emerging in the landscape around you this spring and summer. in the U.S. and Canada there are over…

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  1. furtdsolinopv on August 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

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    • sprigglys on August 9, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

  2. Dale on January 2, 2019 at 3:07 am

    I am very interested in mason bees to help pollinate my small orchard and have been looking for a source somewhere close to my southe as mi location. would you happen to know of a source near my location. thanks, dale

    • sprigglys on January 8, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Awesome to hear that you are interested in using these amazing bees! There are several questions that need to be answered before you move forward. First off, what do you grow in your orchard? This will determine which bees will be around when you need pollination. If you haven’t already, put up some wood nesting native bee housing ASAP in and around your orchard. This will help you determine the bees that are already in your area. Do not put them anywhere where they will come into contact with ANY sprays. As always use pesticides as a very last resort, carefully according to labels, and at minimum dosages that are effective. The best source for bees is the environment around you. There are most likely hundreds if not thousands of native bees already pollinating your orchards, you just need to help foster higher populations of them by providing housing, insect buffers to keep populations fed and away from any sprays, and other techniques. I do not recommend buying mason bees unless you are absolutely certain there are no other mason bees around, which is only very rarely the case. The mason bees available for sale could be non-native species that could end up harming the ones that have already been helping for years!

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