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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
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    Default I have Mason Bee(s)

    So I've had my houses up for a few weeks now. Today is the first activity I've seen. There is a single tube in use by a single bee.

    It is larger than I thought they would be but looks just like the pictures on the web.

    I shall put out a small dish of wet soil and see if he/she plays in it.

  2. #2
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    Default 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 a she bee

  3. #3
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    Default Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    Do mason bees get along with honey bees?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by sevenmmm View Post
    Do mason bees get along with honey bees?
    Yes, no issue having them in the same backyard. In fact it's probably a great idea

  5. #5
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    Default Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    Bee number 2 has arrived and yes, it was carrying a yellow glob when it flew past.

    Here's the thing. The first bee I saw yesterday looked a lot like a honey bee, or what I think a honey bee looks like. It fit the tube but was as big as the opening.

    Today, the bee I saw was smaller and either dark blue or black.

    Do I have two kinds of bees using my house?

  6. #6
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    Default Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    The first one you saw might have been something like a leaf-cutter bee, which looks similar to a honey bee but uses the same nesting system as the orchards; the second one, the dark green/blue/black was an orchard (or mason) bee.

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