Native Bee House - Busy Bee
Bees help pollinate about 30% of our food supply and 90% of our plants. Because of habitat loss, honey bees, native bees and other pollinators are declining in numbers.
The Bee House attracts native bees also called Mason bees which are solitary, non-stinging bees that pollinate thousands of flowers and plants per day. Worldwide there are about 200 species of mason bees with around 140 species found in North America. It can also attract Leafcutter bees.
How it works
The bee house provides natural cavities that the mason bee will use by placing a small ball of pollen and nectar in the back of the tube and then will lay an egg. She will add mud and more pollen and nectar and lays another eggs. She does this over and over until the tube is full and then seals the entrances with mud. One tube holds 5-10 eggs. Mason bees will emerge in early spring. Leafcutter bees emerge in the summer.
Hanging the bee house
Firmly affix the bee house to a side of a shed, fence, or tree. Ensure it will not sway. Bees prefer a sheltered spot out of the wind facing east or south at least 3’ off the ground.
Plant flowers or plants to attract native bees, honey bees and other pollinators Do not spray insecticides on or around your bee house or the neighboring plants or flowers.
Michigan State University has an interesting article on managing a Pollinator House
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