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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 - Mason Bee Mud Box
Bee - Mason Bee Mud Box

Native Bee Guide Booklet
Native Bee Guide Booklet

MASON BEE EMERGENCE SHELTER
MASON BEE EMERGENCE SHELTER

Sale! MASON BEE COCOONS FOR POLLINATING -sold out for the 2020
MASON BEE COCOONS FOR POLLINATING -sold out for the 2020

MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE REEDS
MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEE REEDS

BEE & BEE VILLA HOUSE FOR MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEES
BEE & BEE VILLA HOUSE FOR MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEES

BEE & BEE BOP BARN FOR MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEES
BEE & BEE BOP BARN FOR MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEES

LEAFCUTTER BEE COCOONS FOR POLLINATING-mason bees sold out for 2020
LEAFCUTTER BEE COCOONS FOR POLLINATING-mason bees sold out for 2020

SWARM CATCH
SWARM CATCH

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



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