Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Time to put out the mason bee cocoons

Yesterday, I put my 6 tubes of cocoons out in the lower mason bee box, alongside the two 'cans' of nesting tubes, inside the box for protection.
Tomorrow will be in the mid 50'sF, followed by about 9 more days predicted in the high 50's through the 70's (!!) Surely it will be hatching time if the cocoons I bought are alive.
If not, then I will have to wait and hope for the wild local solitary bees to find my boxes. I have high hopes.

My two boxes are right on the back porch near the kitchen door, and several visitors have already been examining them and asking about them-

First, Jim the mailman who delivers our mail to the kitchen porch. Jim loves to photograph flowers close up, and he also got a kick out of delivering my composting worms last year for my worm bin, so naturally he loved hearing about the new little bee condos.
Then, the milkman who delivers our milk in glass bottles every week to the milk box on the porch there. I caught him peering right into the boxes this morning trying to see what the heck was in there. lol! He loved my explanation and seemed fascinated.
Also, the lady who comes to cut my husband's hair every 6 weeks or so. She runs a 4H club, and she actually got all the kids to do a worm composting bin project last year after she was inspired by my worm bin. Today I told her maybe their next 4H project will have to be native bee nesting boxes. She seemed mighty interested. ;)


  1. Thank you,
    Just for beeing you. Yes I know how to spell bee!

    You ar my sunshine
    My only sunshine
    You make me happy.....

    I only sing in email, for the good of all involved.

    I made something for my beekeeping class. lets see if you can guess what it is.

    It has 8 holes 5/16 inches in dia. and 4 inches deep. The holes are 1 inch apart on center. After dollar bill size parchment paper tubes are inserted the hole size is exactly 1/4 inch.

  2. Hmm...let me guess....a leafcutter bee nesting site? LOL