Not all bees live in hives. Some go it alone. Offer a safe home to solitary bees and other beneficial insects.
“Keeping native non-stinging mason bees — even in urban spaces — is a surprisingly easy way to help the environment,
and it’s also an inexpensive and educational project for kids. The best news is that these hyper-efficient air pollinators will do wonders for your fruit crops and gardens!
In North America, there are about 140 different mason bee species — with about 200 species worldwide. Osmia Lignaria, referred to as the orchard mason bee or blue orchard bee, is the most common species found in the Pacific Northwest. Known for being great pollinators, orchard bees look very similar to common house flies — with black bodies and a dark blue iridescent sheen.”
Unlike garden-variety honeybees, mason bees are non-social creatures that nest in holes rather than in a hive with a queen. Orchard bees work alone, but like to nest in groups when possible — there is no cooperation concerning the nest’s construction or the rearing of the brood, and therefore, no aggression issues! Read “Keeping Mason Bees: 10 Expert Beekeeping Tips for Families”
Our Bee and Insect hotels are made from reclaimed cedar fence posts so the final product will differ slightly from those pictured. First house had felt roof but they curl in the wind and sun. Now our roofs are made of reclaimed fence pickets (pics to come soon).
The more you buy the more you can help provide safe homes for benefitial insects.
$12 each plus shipping. Availability dependant on supply.