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About Mason Bees

Mason bees are a solitary bee (unlike honeybees that live in colonies) that are known for their excellent pollination abilities. They are 'kept' or more accurately cultivated by people who want pollinators for early blooming crops like fruit trees.

Female Mason bees make their nests in holes and can be attracted to an area hanging up mason bee houses for them to nest in. These houses can be made easily and inexpensively as well as purchased commercially.

 

Why Keep Mason Bees?

Mason bees are about 100 times better at pollination than honeybees

Mason bees don't sting--unless you smash them

Adding a diverse mix of bees to the pollination of gardens and crops greatly enhances a more thorough pollination

Mason bees seem to be resistant to many of the diseases that are threatening the honey bee population

Mason bees don't require medications and supplements to keep them alive

Mason bee houses can be built from scrapes and virtually cost nothing

Because there are no hives to protect, killer bees and other unwanted pests won't be trying to invade your Mason bees

You won't have to worry about the possibility of swarming

They're SUPER EASY to get into!

Disadvantages to Keeping Mason Bees

There really aren't too many disadvantages ...unless your wanting honey. Mason bees aren't honey producers.

Mason bees also have a short pollination season which only lasts while they store up pollen for their eggs and lay their eggs before they die.

 

Other information you might find helpful:

Starting with Bees

Honeybee Dance

Honeybee Deaths

How to Feed Honeybees


Keeping Bees (Mason vs. Honey)

About Honeybees

About Mason Bees

How to Build a Mason Bee House

 

 

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