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Mason Bee House

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Project by mtairymd posted 01-21-2015 12:48 AM 1038 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Build Info:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Mason-Bee-House/

Video of Build:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDwXPVC4m58

Native mason bees can be housed to protect them from pests, diseases and predators. They are excellent early season pollinators for orchards and other early season fruit crops. Mason bees can do more work than non-native honey bees, even on a cloudy rainy day. Also, mason bees are solitary non-aggressive bees, which makes them ideal for folks with pets or children. The initial step for the care of mason bees is to build a nest block or mason bee house





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#1 posted 01-21-2015 10:03 AM

Well done! I have one in my garden also. they do work!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 12:09 AM

Thank you.

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 03:05 AM

Great way to help out the bees.
There are several variations on the design. You can also buy pre-made paper sleeves and cardboard outer sleeves that help protect the larva from predator insects. The cardboard outer sleeves make it easier to remove and replace the used paper sleeves.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 10:06 PM



Great way to help out the bees.
There are several variations on the design. You can also buy pre-made paper sleeves and cardboard outer sleeves that help protect the larva from predator insects. The cardboard outer sleeves make it easier to remove and replace the used paper sleeves.

- LesB

Thanks. I looked into that approach. The cardboard and sleeves are definitely easier but also cost money. It took about an hour to make and insert the parchment sleeves in this design.

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