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Not about birds but about Mason bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 6, 2008

Mason bees lay fertilized eggs in the back compartments of their nest to produce females and a few unfertilized eggs near the entrance to produce males. In the spring the males exit first so they are ready to mate with the females when they emerge.

Mason bees love to gather nectar and pollen from the rhododendrons that have small leaves and flowers. In the pictures below Mason bees are mating in a rhododendron that is about 300 feet away from the nesting area. Notice the smaller size of the male and his long antenae. You can also see there is a problem with pollen mites. Click on picture to enlarge.

                             

                        Mason bees mating 

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