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    Re: bumble bees LOVE catmint!

    Yes they do! I might grow a bunch in a container next year so I can check 'em out from my kitchen window :-)

    And in my yard caryopteris (bluebeard) is the big draw in August - absolutely mobbed...
  2. Re: Loose cocoon vs. whole (inspected) tube management - which do you do?

    Dave,

    It would be interesting to do an experiment with side-by-side identical houses. One house would contain just an emergence box, and the other house would contain all the attractants you can...
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    Re: New to mason bees

    Hi chemist20,

    To get started you need just two things: a house and some bees. Bees can only be bought when they are dormant in little cocoons and hibernating in cold weather...that's usually...
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    Re: Dahlias

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/features/plants-for-bees/

    "Most double flowers are of little use, because they're too elaborate. Some are bred without male and female parts, while others have...
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    Re: New to mason bees

    Why have them?

    1) I think mason bees are fun hobby. If you are interested in bees and you like watching things grow over an entire seasonal lifecycle, then it's just plain interesting.

    2)...
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    Re: how many bees in a tube?

    It definitely varies based on a whole lot of factors.
    Anywhere between 3 and 7 would be my guess.
    I've found you get far fewer eggs per tube when you use plastic straws, and more eggs when you...
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    Re: How many bees can a tree support?

    What's your dispersal rate? NOw's the time to get out there with a flashlight and count how many females have stayed to nest.


    According to SARE . . .

    " . . . approximately 250 nesting females...
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    Re: My horn faced bees are emerging and mating!

    Omie, I think those are the best mason bee pictures I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Summer Berry Bee (Osmia texana Cresson ?)

    Got any pictures yet?
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    Re: Mason Bee Colony

    Cool! I wonder what the material they are nesting in is. Do you know what species of bee, or have any pictures of the bees who live there?

    Also, I've read that mason bees don't excavate...they...
  11. Loose cocoon vs. whole (inspected) tube management - which do you do?

    What experience have you folks had with loose cocoon vs whole tube management?

    In both cases, the pre-condition for my question is that both methods involve inspection to remove or control...
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    Re: Summer Berry Bee (Osmia texana Cresson ?)

    I don't know about texana cresson.....but Dr Karen Strickland in Portland Oregon runs a research project for an "Oregon Berry bee" (Osmia aglaia)

    http://oregonberrybee.blogspot.com/

    Might be...
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    Re: Backup food sources for mason bees

    Because I am always up for experiments . . . .

    Woodinvilledave: So would it stand to reason that the very last tubes to be filled in a house would be filled by bees flying the latest in the...
  14. Re: Nesting tubes suited to various species...?

    Hey Omie,

    I think that each species is attracted to a range of different tube sizes...it's just that the range for each species is different.

    This book just came out--Dave from Crown Bees...
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    Re: Help ID a solitary bee

    Try this tool:

    http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Bee_genera&flags=not_no:
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    Re: What home are you using for 2011 season ?

    I read somewhere that bees can detect basically a yellow-green-blue color spectrum, so variations in those three colors (plus black) would be beneficial.

    I am going to try to experiment with some...
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    Re: What home are you using for 2011 season ?

    Plastic tray systems, like BeeDiverse and Knox Cellars, have a couple of advantages. They trays can be different colors, which helps the bees orient themselves, and the plastic pretty reliably snaps...
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    Re: Bumble bee homes

    "Befriending BumbleBees: A practical guide to raising local bumble bees" says you have to go out and catch a queen with a net, but that seems like a lot of work.

    I think the main technique is to...
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    Osmia Californicas

    I've bought some tubes of osmia californicas, "summer" mason bees that nest later than osmia lignaria.

    How do I treat them differently than "regular" mason bees? Do I set them out later? Use...
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    Re: Plastic-tube house for Mason bees?

    Hi Renthorin

    1) should I not even bother putting the plastic tray house out?
    Sure. It's not the best system (and we all love to debate that) but it's still likely to work.


    2) should I...
  21. Re: Bought tubes -- but only pollen lumps, no bees?

    Yeah, I contacted them, but no reply. Good point about the credit card.

    I did find another supplier in Oregon on craigslist so hopefuly I can bump up the population.

    I had a lot of pollen mites...
  22. Bought tubes -- but only pollen lumps, no bees?

    I'm curious if anyone can lend some insight on this . . .

    I bought some sealed tubes of bees from the Home Orchard Society in Portland, Oregon. I opened up about 10% of the tubes to inspect them,...
  23. Re: Mason Bee harvest report 2010: Four different nesting systems in Seattle

    Pictures posted here:

    http://s1126.photobucket.com/albums/l608/seattleite1/
  24. Re: Mason Bee harvest report 2010: Four different nesting systems in Seattle

    Hi SolitaryB, this data is for only one species, Osmia lignaria propinqua. I have set out trap nests for summer species to see what else might be in the area, but so far I haven't found any--just...
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    Re: My first season for mason bees...

    Bob, Dave, and Omie - can you share your end-of-year observations on how your populations of bees did?
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