Bees Abound!

It’s a gorgeous day in Seattle today and most of my mason bees have emerged from their cocoons. There are so many flying in and out of the nesting tubes, I fear I will need to buy more tubes or they will run out of places to lay their eggs!

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Female Bee

March is definitely like a lion!

It’s been such a cold, rainy March. Lots of fruit trees are in bloom, but the temperatures have been too chilly for my mason bees to emerge from their cocoons. I fear that they will run out of energy from the food they ate before making cocoons and will be too weak to emerge and find food.

Today, I did see a single, lonely male hanging out at the opening of the cocoon box. That’s a bit promising. Hopefully, he’ll be joined by others very soon, awaiting the emergence of the females.