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Mason bee cocoons

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 28, 2008

Mason bees seem to prefer bamboo nests over other nest choices. It’s easy to break open the bamboo nest to clean out infestations of pollen mites. The bees naturally leave a space of almost an inch at the entrance end making it possible to begin breaking apart the bamboo using a cold chisel. Once the cocoons are cleaned up they will be stored in a cool dry place awaiting next spring.

opening bamboo nests

opening bamboo nests

mason cacoons

mason cocoons

Notice the yellow cell indicating pollen mites. The larvae in this cell didn’t have a chance with all the pollen mites. Click on pictures to enlarge.

cacoons ready for cleaning

cocoons ready for cleaning

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