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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
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    Dexter, Michigan
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    Default I think the Mason Bees are ready to emerge already!

    It's been unseasonably warm here in Michigan (all over too I suppose) and I've had my bees outside in a shoebox, by their home to be.

    Today, when I checked, there was a distinct chewing, scratching sound and I saw the antenna of one bee poking out the end of one of last year's straws.

    I'm getting excited : - )


    Will

  2. #2
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    Fort Worth, TX, USA
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    Default Re: I think the Mason Bees are ready to emerge already!

    I'm hoping we do not all get late freezes. Texas average last freeze date is March 21st.

    Good luck Will!
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: I think the Mason Bees are ready to emerge already!

    Definitely have hatched. I lifted the lid on the shoebox and 5 or so flew out. I looked up at the two next boxes above on the wall and there were another few coming and going.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2010
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    Sutter Creek, CA
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    Default Re: I think the Mason Bees are ready to emerge already!

    I have a friend thats put out a block of wood with holes and so far, "no luck" after a year. I was wondering, is there a lure or bait you can entice this Mason
    bee to come to a home like our honey bees?

    And by the way here in the foothills of California it turned winter like with blossoms on the trees. Swarms are being had in the valley areas.

  5. #5
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    Feb 2011
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    Dexter, Michigan
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    Default Re: I think the Mason Bees are ready to emerge already!

    I've never baited the bees. I put my houses out last year and some 'just found them'. This year I put the tubes from last year right under the boxes and they moved from one to the other. It does seem that I have more this year than last so I suppose a few new neighbors might have found the houses too.

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