|An Orchard Mason Bee heading into one of the holes at full speed.|
In our area Mason Bees hatch, begin feeding and look for likely nesting sites in March.
|Last year's filled nesting blocks resting under the front porch.|
|Old nesting blocks face southeast to catch the morning sun and encourage hatching.|
Building bee hotels is a simple process. I made mine from old birdhouses. Drill nesting blocks out of untreated wood you have on hand. I use driftwood sticks. Drill 6-inch deep 5/16-inch holes with an opening only in the front. Mount your hotel above ground, where it won't sway, facing south or southeast for plenty of sun.
|Drilling blocks 6" deep encourages female production.|
Larvae mature during the summer and remain dormant from fall through winter. A freezing snap followed by increased sunshine and warming weather breaks their dormancy. To get ready for the hatching phase, and to provide new nesting sites, Wayne and I made new blocks. We gently moved the old ones to a location nearby so the hatchlings can easily find their new nesting blocks.
|New nesting blocks with 5/16" holes also encourages female production.|
See below for detailed information from making my bee hotel and nesting blocks last year.
Building a Simple Mason Bee Hotel
Drilling Nesting Blocks for a Bee Hotel
Bee Hotel Update
|New bee hotel nesting blocks ready for Spring 2017.|