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  1. Re: Habropoda laboriosa/Southeastern Blueberry Bee

    You might want to get hold of an O.B.A. colleague Dave Hunter of Crown bees. He may be able to direct you to other people with deeper knowledge of the subject.
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    Re: Osmia in Los Angeles Cty 2012

    The bees will take the soil they want and the clay content is ideal. As the inner walls of the nest structure are pretty thin, the digging out issue is unlikely. In those that you cut open, what you...
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    Re: Will this work for orchard mason bees?

    I wrote a recent reply to a similar question about drilling logs for mason bees that someone asked me, on my blog. It may give you a few more pointers.

    The big question is whether you want a...
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    Re: Osmia in Los Angeles Cty 2012

    Hi KDouglous - sorry that no one has replied to you earlier.

    Let's do some forensic work - if I understand the timeline of events:
    - Spring 2011: 33 (cardboard?) nesting tunnels blocked
    -...
  5. Re: what native plants do wool-carder bees card?

    It was my pleasure to finally film one. Do you plan to encourage them for any particular reason? I gather they are cavity-nesters seeking out tunnels - the only inner sanctum photo I've seen is that...
  6. Re: what native plants do wool-carder bees card?

    Hello,

    I filmed one on Echinops ritro, the Globe Thistle. I am not sure if this is native to where you are.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZKXncAs148&feature=plcp
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    Re: Orchard Mason Bees from central NC

    Thanks :D
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    Re: Orchard Mason Bees from central NC

    When I have seen a lot of apparently obsessive crawling in and out and turning around in paper-lined tunnels, it has often been because the paper has curled inwards just inside the entrance and the...
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    Re: Orchard Mason Bees from central NC

    Hello Ethnobeeology - welcome to the forum.
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    Re: Orchard Mason Bees from central NC

    Glad to hear you chose the 'let them come' philosophy. I have been at it about 6 years and its only recently - possibly due to the safety in numbers - that I am starting to suspect that a third...
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    Re: Mason Bee house for Christmas!

    Hello again DebB - sorry for the slow response.

    I think the company is Beediverse.
    In respect of having enough forage (nectar/pollen) for your bees, as other people have suggested it depends...
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    Re: Orchard Mason Bees from central NC

    Hello Gyozu
    What sort of numbers did yo have in the last four years? Did you start by putting out 'traps' or with purchased cocoons? ... and what species do you have?
    Cheers,
    Paul.
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    Re: Mason Bee house for Christmas!

    Hi DebB
    Real glad you got the mason bee house.
    If you haven't been there already, you'll find a lively debate and lots of information on Mason bees in the Alternative Pollinator section. I hope...
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    Re: A few leafcutter coccoons

    Thanks for your responses Rwurster - it's given me a better idea of how they can be managed.

    I had a surprise attack of parasitic wasps in my third/fourth year on my Osmies having left my straws...
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    Re: A few leafcutter coccoons

    Hello Rwurster (and Omie)
    I have no direct experiences of leafcutters and their management, so I'd like to hear a bit more (if you don't the interrogation):

    You imply that humidity may be the...
  16. Re: Mason Bee harvest report 2010: Four different nesting systems in Seattle

    Take a look at the ten minute 'road trip' video I made on harvesting it at the start of this year. Mason bee habitats: Japanese Knotweed. At the time of the video I hadn't identified it, but had...
  17. Re: Mason Bee harvest report 2010: Four different nesting systems in Seattle

    Hi Seattleite,
    Thats a wonderful amount of useful detail, thanks.

    I have done a similar analysis of my bee habitats in France this year, although comparing my different home-made systems. I...
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    Ground bees - habitats

    Hi everyone,

    My mason bee population is doing well, and now I am noticing seeing ground bees as well as bee flies stalking them, mainly because I have mud banks on an unfinished pond. Of course I...
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    Re: Mud holes

    The best reference that I have found so far on mud source set-up construction is at pollinatorparadise here.
    Most usefully they have published some photos which give an idea of how to build the...
  20. Re: Orienting mason cocoon tubes into the bee house...which end out?

    I have noted that some cocoons are not perfectly capsular but are more torpedo-shaped having a pointed end. I read somewhere that this is where the head of the bee is (I will try and find the...
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    Re: Mason Bee Noob

    For info just added my thoughts/experience to the timing issue here (a similar question was posed). I learnt the hard way at the start of 2008 :( :
    solitarybee.com/blog/questions.

    To summarize,...
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    Re: Mason bee house

    Are you asking how you get access to the cocoons and to clean away parasites like wasps, mites or flies?
    The only way would be to gently split the bamboo tubes starting at the 'open' end - if they...
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    Re: Orchard Mason Bees

    Good questions - I am sure you know that keeping mason bees and keeping honey bees are relatively different activities. Mason bees are good for pollination, but don't produce honey, relatively shy...
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    I called them bee flies twice, then typing away I...

    I called them bee flies twice, then typing away I referred to them as 'bees' silly me. I think what I videoed and referred to may be Bombylius major or similar.
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    Bee flies - a video

    Hello - thought I might contribute on the identification.

    I have some bee flies that have been active around a mud back (a pond I started digging last year) and I managed to catch them on video....
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