Mason bee nesting season closed

My last post described mason bees and displayed my brand new nesting box. At the close of the bees’ active nesting season, about a quarter of the tubes are filled with eggs separated by mud walls. Mother mason bee has included a bit of pollen for each larvae to eat as it develops.

I consider this first-year occupancy rate a success, since this bee condo is a bit remote from my garden and other mason bee nesting structures. (It’s hanging outside my kitchen door, facing the driveway.)

Have a great year, little bees! See you when you emerge next April.