• Solitary Bees

    How to Protect Your Mason Bees from the Houdini Fly

    Mason bees are a welcomed pollinator to any garden. So much so, that many people enjoy installing mason bee houses in hopes of attracting mason bees to their homes. Recently, a parasitic fly has been damaging mason bee populations. This fly is called the Houdini fly. Luckily, if we take the proper precautions and properly care for our mason bee houses and coccoons, we can help to protect mason bees from the Houdini fly. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is the Houdini Fly? The Houdini fly is well known in…

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    Beekeeping,  Bees,  Getting Started,  Solitary Bees

    Where To Buy Bees For a Hive

    You chose your beehive, set it up and got it ready for it’s new little dwellers.  What’s next? Now it’s time to get your first bee colony! If you are new to beekeeping, the question of where to buy bees for a hive is a very important one.  It’s not as if you can go to the local pet store and order a box of bees. So where do beekeepers get their bees? How Do Beekeepers Get Bees? There are 3 ways beekeepers get bees.  They either buy a package of bees, buy a nucleus colony, or they catch a swarm.  The most common method for new beekeepers is to buy…

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    Caring For Bees in the Winter

    Winter is a vulnerable time for bees.  The 2 things they need to survive – warmth and food are not readily available during the cold winter months.    If there are no flowers to forage from, what do bees eat in the winter? This article will discuss what bees do in the winter, what bees eat in the winter, and how to feed bees in the winter.  What Bees Do During Winter Unlike bears or birds, bees do not hibernate or fly away during the cold months.  Instead, they gather in their hive. When the temperature drops to the 50s it’s time for the bees to return to the hive…

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    Keeping Bees Without Harvesting Honey – Is It Okay?

    While collecting honey is often thought of as the number one benefit of beekeeping, some people have no interest in harvesting honey.  However, they still want to keep bees for other reasons.  While keeping bees without harvesting honey is not common, is it okay for the bees? Why Keep Bees Without Harvesting Honey? Most people who keep bees without harvesting honey do so because they have a genuine interest in bees and want to support local pollination. They feel no need to take honey for themselves and prefer to leave the honey for the bees.   Is Harvesting Honey Cruel? Some people even believe that harvesting honey is cruel. They see…

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    Bee Nest Removal – Why You Should Use a Beekeeper Instead of an Exterminator

    If you notice a lot of bees on your property, the bees may have built a nest close by.  Sometimes, bees will build a nest a little too close for comfort.  In that case, you will have to look into bee nest removal.  What is a Bee Nest? A bee nest is the structure in which bees build to live in, usually in a natural or artificial cavity.  Bee nests are commonly built in hollowed out trees.  This is opposed to a bee hive, which is a man made structure in which to raise bees.   In warmer climates, bees will sometimes build a hanging, exposed nest.  But for the most…

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    10 Interesting Facts About the Leafcutter Bee

    Leafcutter bees (also known as leafcutting bees) are scientifically known as Megachile Latreille. They are in one of the largest genera of bees, with more than 1500 species in over 50 subgenera. Other bees in this family include mason bees, resin bees, and carder bees. They get their nickname from what they do – cut leaves. Female leafcutter bees will line a cavity with leaves to create a brood chamber in which to lay her eggs. The baby leafcutter bees stay in the chamber throughout winter. In the spring, they chew through the chamber to exit the nest. Female leafcutter bees have teeth. They also have large heads due to the…

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    Foster A Mason Bee

    If you’ve ever thought about raising mason bees, or if you already do, this special may be of interest to you. Since it’s the end of the season, Crown Bees is working to find homes for all of their mason bees. To do this, they are having a special where you can get 20 mason bee cocoons for only $19.95. This is a great deal, as the normal price is $32.95. Not only that, all cocoons will be shipped for free via FedEx 2 day shipping. The bees will be shipped out on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, so plan accordingly. Crown Bee’s Foster a Mason Bee sale starts now, and…

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    When to Release Mason Bees

    You got your mason bee house, put the tubes in, and found the perfect location for it.  Now what? Now is the best part – it’s time for the bees!  At this point, you can try to attract some mason bees to the house, or you can order mason bee cocoons. If you order cocoons, like I did, you need to know when to release mason bees.  To release mason bees means to place them in the bee house.  This needs to be done at the right time, under the right conditions.  Read on to learn when to release mason bees.  What You Need for Mason Bees Before you release…

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    8 Interesting Facts About the Queen Bee

    The queen bee is the only one in her caste, and she is the most important bee in the entire colony.  Her job is to lay all of the eggs in the hive, and she lays a lot of them.  While her name implies that she’s the ruler of the colony, that isn’t quite true. They have more of a democratic system, where worker bees actually vote on certain things, such as the swarm’s next nesting location.   Read on to learn 8 more interesting facts about the queen bee.  1. The queen bee lays up to 2,000 eggs per day. That amounts to 1 egg every 43 seconds.  She is…

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    The Best Mason Bee House Location

    Spring is here, so it’s the perfect time to set up a mason bee house. One of the most important things you can do is find the best mason bee house location.  If you place your bee house in a location that is not suitable for bees, they may look for shelter elsewhere.   So, how do you find the best mason bee house location?  It’s actually pretty easy. You must take the following into account: orientation, height, mounting, forage, and nesting material.   Why Raise Mason Bees? If you have a garden, you can benefit from mason bees.  They are amazing pollinators – 120 times more effective than honey bees.  If…