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    Re: My bumble bees

    Great thread, love the bumble bee house door flap. I'm guessing that's something you have to add after the colony establishes itself in there? Or can you have it on right from the start? I suppose...
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    Re: Summer Berry Bee (Osmia texana Cresson ?)

    I'm in White Rock, BC Canada... Right on the North West border of Washington essentially.
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    Re: how many bees in a tube?

    I would agree hard to say for sure until you open it in the fall. I find sometimes the female MUDs the end shut without the tube being a full as it could be. But from my experience if it is full you...
  4. Re: Loose cocoon vs. whole (inspected) tube management - which do you do?

    I have only been keeping Mason's now for three seasons... But I think the high dispersal youbsaw this year might be related to the cold, wet, lousy, late, Spring. Which we have experienced here as...
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    Re: Summer Berry Bee (Osmia texana Cresson ?)

    I have set out homes for them this year for the first time. If any come around I will try my best to get pictures. But given my Mason bees aren't even done emerging in this horribly late, wet, cool,...
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    Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    Yes, no issue having them in the same backyard. In fact it's probably a great idea :)
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    Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    Congratulations! spring was so late this year it's not surprising you're just seeing them now. If the bee is actively carrying pollen and coming and going from the tube e ery few minutes it would be...
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    Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    Spring seems to be getting later and later.... My first couple female Osmia Lignaria finally emerged today, a full 3 weeks later than last year and almost a month later than in 2009. Forecast is for...
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    Re: Summer Berry Bee (Osmia texana Cresson ?)

    Thanks Seattleite, a great read on their research project and O. Aglaia. Not sure if that's the native species here as well or not. But I have seen a similar looking bee. I posted some questions on...
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    Re: Solitary bee?

    I know this pic isn't of a bee... But come on, it's a Spider and the Fly! At first I thought it was a mason bee emerging from some of my wood siding on the garage... Then realized it was a fly... ...
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    Re: Solitary bee?

    Did your bee look anything like this? This is one of my Male Blue Orchard Mason Bees (Osmia Lignaria). He was hanging around in the hopes some females would emerge today, but no luck. With tomorrows...
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    Re: built a Mason Bee condo :)

    I was lucky enough to have my father in-laws drill press to help me with the holes. I can't imagine doing it with a hand drill, so good for you!

    The tubes and straws are from a local store here,...
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    Re: built a Mason Bee condo :)

    Okay finally had time to upload to a hosting site... Lets see if these work... My houses for the 2011 bees:

    http://www3.telus.net/public/derekfa/allhouses.JPG
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    Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    Great looking houses Renthorin, Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: How many bees can a tree support?

    I get that, I also have other pollen sources available for them. More just curious if anyone had insight to what would be optimal from a bees perspective. :D
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    Summer Berry Bee (Osmia texana Cresson ?)

    Hi everyone,

    Looking for any information and experiences you may have with this bee? I'm told they live here locally in White Rock BC and prefer a 4mm diameter tube. I also believe they pollinate...
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    How many bees can a tree support?

    So I've read lots of general statements about having 1000 mason bees per acre to effectively polinate the trees. But on the flip side how many bees will a single mature fruit (let's say Apple if we...
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    Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    I will report back on how the mortality goes this year. I'm still small backyard scale as you say, but last year I was 45 of 45 successful emergence, so 0% mortality. This year I gave a way quite a...
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    Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    I can understand why some would want to delay or stagger release times to get the maximum pollination on certain trees, or to avoid death if there is a late frost. But I avoid refrigeration and just...
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    Re: built a Mason Bee condo :)

    Here is a picture of the two homes I built and put out this year. They shots aren't the greatest as they were already hung up and it was a stretch to get the pictures. Next time I'll remember to...
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    Re: built a Mason Bee condo :)

    Looks good! Very similar to the ones I just built for this year too. I will have to get pictures up ASAP. One question though, The picture sizes may be deceptive, but isn't that all 1x board and not...
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    Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    I should mention until this afternoon my bees were in the detached garage in the dark where it's always about 2-3 degrees Celsius cooler. But even with that they started emerging today. So they are...
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    Re: When to put out Mason and Bumble houses?

    Just North of the U.S. Border here in White Rock BC the temperature reached +17C today and 5% of my Mason Bees emerged. Just one day later then they started emerging last year. It's my experience...
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    Re: Plastic-tube house for Mason bees?

    I've done a lit of research on this topic as well (check out the other threads here in the alternative section). At the end of he day all homes work, some just have more problems then others and it...
  25. Re: Bought tubes -- but only pollen lumps, no bees?

    That's one of the downsides to buying tubes instead of cleaned and inspected cocoons. Sounds like you have some cells the pollen mites maybe got to? Or some other issue occured, tubes might have...
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