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Mason Bees

The Orchard Mason Bee is the common name of a native bee (Osmia lignaria ssp.) that pollinates our spring fruit and nut trees, flowers and vegetables. This bee is non-social which means it does not live in a hive. In the wild, mason bees nest in hollow stems, woodpecker drillings and insect holes found in trees or wood. You will find mason bees active in your yard until early summer at which time they have laid a new bee for the following season. Mason bees are know as gentle bees and can be observed at close range without fear of being stung. This non-social bee does not produce honey, but that can pollinate up to 2,000 blossoms in a single day.

Leafcutter Bees

The leafcutter is a useful friend to gardeners as it provides a valuable and efficient pollination service for plants such as your summer vegetables. Like the Mason Bee these bees are cavity nesting and use ready-made nests such as soft rotting wood, pithy plants stems like roses or man made tubes. Once a suitable home is found the leafcutter bee will build its nest using pieces of leaf for lining and by overlapping the leaf to make a cylindrical cavity that looks like a cigar. Leafcutter bees cause crescent or almost circular shaped hole in the leaf. This damage does not harm the plant. Like Mason Bees these bees are gentle and observed without the fear of being stung.

BEE BOP BARN MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE HOUSE
BEE BOP BARN MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE HOUSE

BEE & BEE VILLA MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE HOUSE
BEE & BEE VILLA MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE HOUSE

LEAFCUTTER BEE COCCONS
LEAFCUTTER BEE COCCONS

MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE REEDS
MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE REEDS

MASON BEE COCOONS Sold Out for 2017
MASON BEE COCOONS Sold Out for 2017

MASON BEE EMERGRNCE SHELTER
MASON BEE EMERGRNCE SHELTER

POLLINATION WITH MASON BEES 2nd Edition
POLLINATION WITH MASON BEES 2nd Edition



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