They nest in pre-made holes, whether made by other birds, such as Woodpeckers or man made. We can help increase their populations by raising them in our backyard gardens
Make a Bee Waterer
Mason Bees are easy to raise and are very gentle, amazing pollinators. Mason Bees are one of the easiest to keep. Because they do not make honey, Mason Bees prove to be docile enough to only sting when stepped on or provoked.
Native bees are attracted to native plants four times more likely than to other blooms. A welcoming blooming variety plant environment will be necessary during their active season. Wild flowers and native plants are a great place to start when appealing to Mason Bees.
They also like Acacia, Canterbury Bells, and Daisies.
Moist soil is a must for survival. The female lays her eggs inside the holes of the bee house. Using this soil, like mortar, she creates safe chambers for her eggs and a cache of nectar.
Bees know exactly where to return to the same water source each time. Foragers seems to seek scented water sources. They even mark unscentedsources with a pheromone so others can locate it easily.
One way you can be sure Mason Bees have access to water is by adding marbles to a pan, then adding water.
Provide them with a home, some mud, wildflowers/flowers, some water and Mason Bees will come to pollinate your plants into a beautiful garden full of flowers fruits and vegetables.
- Mason bee house (Target)
- Pan (had, but Dollar Tree has them)
- Marbles (had, but Dollar Tree has them)
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