Blueberrytalk's Weblog

Everything connected to growing blueberries

Archive for the ‘Mason bee cocoons’ Category

Preparing cocoons for winter storage

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 18, 2016

 

Separate good cocoons from infestations of pollen mites and store 500 at a time in plastic trays. The double layer of plastic is to protect from rodents. Storage for the present is in a closed carport that is a couple of degrees warmer that outside temperatures.

We are getting 5.7 cocoons average from a 6 inch nest.

Posted in Mason bee cocoons, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Not blueberry pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 22, 2015

Some Mason bee nests were located near some rhododendrons. Blueberry pollen is white. Obviously this nest doesn’t contain blueberry pollen.

 

Pollen in Mason bee nests

Pollen in Mason bee nests

Update May 16,2015

developing larvae

developing larvae

Update June 18,2015

cocoons

cocoons

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | Leave a Comment »

Variable pattern of Mason bee cocoons

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 18, 2015

Jan18,2014 (3) - Copy

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | Leave a Comment »

Mason bees released – 2013

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 29, 2013

This year we have released the Mason bees from one central location.

Mar.28,2013 (2)

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | Leave a Comment »

First Mason bee nest completed

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 11, 2012

Posted in Mason bee cocoons, Mason bees | Leave a Comment »

New Gorilla tape

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 29, 2012

Gorilla tape now comes in a one inch wide roll. This makes it much easier build Mason bee nests lined with kraft paper.

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | Leave a Comment »

Lining Mason bee nests with kraft paper

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 28, 2012

This year we will put out 4000 Mason bee cocoons in 10 acres of blueberries. There will be a random mix of males and females. The number of nests required is 75% of the number of cocoons released or 3000. In the picture below we are cutting the kraft paper that is used to line the nests.

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | 2 Comments »

MASON BEE COCOONS FOR SALE

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 25, 2011

See:  http://masonbeecocoonsforsale.wordpress.com/

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | Leave a Comment »

2011 – cleaning cocoons

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 24, 2011

Our nest system worked superbly. It was easy to pull the tape off the back of the nest, slide out the paper liner and push aside the cocoons.

removing cocoons

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | Leave a Comment »

Sharing a nest

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 18, 2011

You can’t help but wonder if the Mason bee was still around when the Leafcutter bee decided to take over the nest.

Posted in Mason bee cocoons | Leave a Comment »