Fighting Red mason bees!
I suspect that not many people will have observed this aspect of solitary bee ecology. I also suspect it is an everyday occurrence for solitary bees. They have to find a suitable cavity, find food to provision it, find mud to make the cells, lay an egg, watch over the cell and fight to keep it. Keep watching and listening, after a bit of push, shove and biting, it gets much better! The cells in the cavity in question has not kept pace with the completed cells above and below it. Perhaps the original owner was killed or for some reason abandoned the passageway. Who is the 3rd combatant, the owner, a squatter, just an opportunist, a recent female ejected from her own cavity? What do you think? Watch the action as it happened. Possible because of the large viewing panels in the new deluxe Nurturing Nature solitary insect nest box…watch it on your full sized screen for better effect.
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Open the two large windows to observe the secret life of solitary bees, the least known pollinators of our food and flowers, such as leaf cutter bees and red mason bees. Watch red mason bees making mud cells, egg laying, pollen storing, the growth of their larvae, spinning of cocoons and even female bees fighting in the chambers!
For more information about solitary bees and wasps visit BWARS
For more bumblebee information and to help save bumblebees join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at Stirling University