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Mason Bees

10090 W 27th Ave Wheat Ridge CO 80215
720-621-7305 open Monday through Saturday 12pm to 7pm Sundays 12pm to 5pm


Mason bees are one of natures best pollinators 35 female mason bees can pollinate a one acre apple orchard. It would take two honey bee hives to pollinate the same orchard. Mason bees can be easily managed by almost anyone. They are almost stingless and if you were to be stung it is compared to a mosquito bite. There have been no reported cases of anaphylactic shock from the sting of a mason bee. Mason bees are very docile even around the hive as they will not defend their hive. A mason bee house can be kept on the back porch and are enjoyable to watch by young and old.

There are 130 species of mason bees in North America one of the most commonly known is the Blue Orchard bee, Osmia Lignaria also referred to has BOBS.  
  
We started to fly our mason bee cocoons they are hatching out with in 24 hours of placing the cocoons in the hives. Some of the bees are returning I will keep watch as I am releasing bees every other day now. Today a student noticed two mason bees mating and we took photo's shown below.


Blue Orchard or Osmia lignaria                 Mason Bee Cocoons                     Mason Bee House

Mason Bees emerging and mating from our hives in Lakewood.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmia_lignaria 

Photo below has a bee wall habitat incorporated in a fence. The pond will supply water for the mason bees and honey bees. The pond also provides mud for the mason bees the need mud to seal off the egg chambers.


This is another link to learn about mason bees from British Columbia ministry of Agriculture.
http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/apiculture/factsheets/506_osmia.htm

Dave Hunter with Crown Bees has a page that talks about what to do during the in taking care of your mason bees. here is the link. http://www.crownbees.com/category/what-to-do/what-to-do-each-month/

Gardening with Mason bees from the Washington State University Extension.
http://gardening.wsu.edu/library/inse006/inse006.htm

Local club member Duane Duffy constructed this work of art for our native bees. Thanks Duane for helping spread the word about our native bees.

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