Inadvertently raised Mason Bees
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  1. #1
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    Default Inadvertently raised Mason Bees

    About 4 years ago when we lived town I built a Mason Bee 'hive'. I purchased 20 or so pupae in the winter and placed them in the hive when it started to get warm out. Most emerged. I had a couple of photos of the adults as they came out. Every once in a while I would see one around the yard. Not sure if they were ours or not. At any rate they didn't really take to the home I built for them. Not real sure where they went. A year later we moved out of town. Discouraged be the failure of my hive I simply placed it on the ground next to the fence and forgot about it. A few weeks ago I saw a Mason Bee hanging around the barn looking for a hole. I started to think about the home I had built for them when I was in town. I figured I'd at least go get it and put it up in the sun. To my amazement these little guys had found it and had been using it probably for the past couple or three years. Unfortunately, being on the ground it was not an ideal situation. So I put it up in a better place, hopefully they will find it and continue to use it with better results. I might have to make a bigger one.

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  3. #2
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    Honey Brook, PA, USA
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    Default Re: Inadvertently raised Mason Bees

    Do you know what kind?

    The general rule (that I'm familiar with) is not to move the mason bee nest while they're active. They don't reorient well.

    Our mason bee season (for both Japanese horn-faced and blue orchard mason bees is from April 1st to June 1st (SE PA, zone 6)). Your location would probably start and end later. At a minimum, I would put up a new nest (not right next to the current one) every few years as they tend to build up levels of parasites (in fact they tend not to want to use previously used holes).

    That's not quite how I manage mine, but I'm trying to give you a low-management way to have your mason bees.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Inadvertently raised Mason Bees

    Thank you. Not sure what kind they are. I'll work on a new home.

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