Last of the Red Masons!

Last female Red mason Nurturing Nature

This has been the worst year for my Red Mason bees that I can remember. After a few emerging in April, cool daytime temperatures, cold nights, rain and that almost constant wind. All had played havoc with them.  She has done well to survive this long. Be interesting to see if she starts making fresh cells. Another more detailed article shortly.

Filmed inside the award winning Nurturing Nature solitary bee nest box

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Marian July 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Worst year for me as well George. Every one of my 134 cocoons emerged but with the cold spring nights and lack of pollinating flowers (all dandelion cut down early by local grass cutting) I have just one completed cell. Sadly lots of empty chambers in my bee stacks. Plenty of leaf cutters still to emerge. They seem very late?? Lots of bumble bees though.
Regards Marian

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nurturingnature July 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Marian, all my solitary bees were late. Dreadful year, not one full cavity. Bumblebees fared a little better, though their warm coats helps! Cheers, George

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