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  1. Re: Bad rap from “MASON BEE” purveyors

    A friend of mine just found this thread and alerted me to it.

    Not all "mason bee purveyors" are run the same way. My company, Crown Bees, is an ethical company built to share only exact science...
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    Re: My second year for Mason bees- 2011

    Ravenseye, hopefully the bees you're getting are eastern bees or hornfaced. Be wary of buying bees that aren't native to your area. Western bees don't survive well in humid environments. ...they...
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    Re: Orchard Mason Bees

    I would caution against moving mason bees unless absolutely necessary. Science studies conducted by Torchio and others say that moving a nesting block has the females vacating the next day. The...
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    Re: My horn faced bees are emerging and mating!

    Omie,
    thanks for the kind words. It's important for all of us to be successful raising mason bees. I just attended the Orchard Bee Association's meeing last week. We think that we're about a...
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    Re: New to Mason Bees

    JetJockey- This is a great way to start out trapping wild mason bees. A word of caution though. If I gave you an aquarium with fish but didn't tell you to change the water, how long would your...
  6. Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    DelewareJim...

    Make sure that you don't have all of your straws uniformly spaced. It's hard for the mason bee to find their own hole. Rather, push some in, pull some out, and place...
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    Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    Will, toss me an email. info@crownbees.com
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    Re: New to Mason Bees

    Jim,

    I've found that the order of preference by the spring mason bee is reeds, tubes (3-D effect), and then wood trays.

    Why? I believe they find unique outlines easy to find. Our wood trays...
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    Re: How many bees can a tree support?

    A rule of thumb would be about 5-7 nesting females per blooming tree. Thus, if you have 5 apples and 5 cherries, you really only need 30 females as they'll pollinate the cherries first, and then be...
  10. Re: Summer Berry Bee (Osmia texana Cresson ?)

    BorderBee, I'm equally interested if you gain any bees this summer. Realize that the 8mm (5/16") hole is sized for the spring bees. Summer bees, include O. agalia, use 1/4" or smaller holes. ...
  11. Re: Loose cocoon vs. whole (inspected) tube management - which do you do?

    A recently published paper by the ARS/Logan Bee lab says that there is no difference between loose cocoon and left in straw management.

    The study, fairly indepth, had the loose cocoons placed in a...
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    Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    You should be protecting your holes immediately. If you're using a block of wood, take it down and place it in your garage/shed in a box. have the holes facing up. If straws, do the same, but also...
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    Re: Mason Bee success in New England?

    Omie is correct in her answer that you should be using liners. When you have blocks of wood, stained or not, without the ability to harvest, you're inviting a short lived colony in your backyard. ...
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    Re: Backup food sources for mason bees

    Dear grad-student Seattleite. That's EXACTLY what I'd do. Nice outline.

    In general, the BOB is wonderful for pollinating April/May crops/orchards. To introduce it to a new season has had some...
  15. Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    I wouldn't necessarily move nests around, as one may be using it without your knowledge.

    Rather, put several around (using straws/reeds) and see which ones the bees preferred at the end of the...
  16. Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    At a Blue Orchard Bee conference in Modesto last December, one of the ARS experiments reports was on "mortality and energy of BOB's under a normal winter condition and a regulated one."

    Basic...
  17. Re: Nesting tubes suited to various species...?

    In forums I walk the line of helping others understand nuances of what we're each learning and developing a good personal relationship off line. I'm friends with Seattleite as well. :D
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    Re: Plastic-tube house for Mason bees?

    Great advice Seattleite.
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    Re: Help ID a solitary bee

    I can help you get this to a local entomologist. I'd like to ID this as well. ...and encourage you to have more straws of variable sizes.

    Send me an email directly info@crownbees.com

    thanks...
  20. Re: Nesting tubes suited to various species...?

    Omie,

    I'll have various size paper tubes available in a couple of months. Right now, the industry only has 8mm (5/16th") as the "norm". Seattleite is right, each species of the over 120+ mason...
  21. Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    If you look to our website, http://www.crownbees.com, we suggest that you should just be tracking nature's path. I'd keep your bees in the cooler/refrigerator until you see enough pollen in bloom. ...
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    Re: built a Mason Bee condo :)

    Nice work!

    you might want to consider drilling some smaller holed boards for May/June bees. depending on where you live, there are other mason bees that will nest in holes.
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    Re: Backup food sources for mason bees

    How many do you have stored?

    I'd like to encourage you to think handling the later May bees differently this year. Can you mark the full straws somehow when you place out these latest bees so...
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    Re: Backup food sources for mason bees

    how are you tracking early BOB's vs May BOB's? Are you treating them differently in how you're storing them over the winter?
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    Re: My first season for mason bees...

    Bryn, mason bees live just fine in Georgia... and since you're above them, I dont believe there would be problems.

    There are certain things you'd need to ensure are present: good source of...
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