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Mason Bee Info

Robin G.
user 19022451
Louisville, KY
Post #: 1
I posted this over at the Yahoo Group, but just in case I'll put it here too. There was some interest at the last Meetup in putting together homes for Orchard Mason Bees. Here are a few links to ideas for different types of houses. Some would involve a fair amount of work and tools, others are pretty simple.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Other/note109/note109.html­

http://snohomish.wsu.edu/mg/ombblock/ombblock.htm­

http://www.wingsinflight.com/gardbees.html­
http://phigblog.com/2010/02/27/making-mason-bee-homes/­
http://www.comoxvalleygrowersandseedsavers.ca/?q=node/7­

http://www.backyardgardener.com/organic/apr00.htm­

Paper liners: http://snohomish.wsu.edu/mg/ombblock/paper%20liners%20that%20work.pdf­
Robin G.
user 19022451
Louisville, KY
Post #: 2
Another option for bee housing is this bumblebee house...this one is pretty simple.

A few other options which are made with pots.

Basic details for a wooden bumblebee nest box.
ray
user 4058586
Group Organizer
Louisville, KY
Post #: 8
WOW! There's much more to this than I had initially imagined, thanks for listing all the links. I recently listened to a podcast on the Permaculture Blogs on Itunes with Paul Wheaton interviewing Dave Hunter about the bees. He feels a real urgency in promoting the mason bees as an alternative pollinator in case the honeybee population collapses, decimating a large part of our food supply. I was surprised to find the importance of having deep holes drilled so the female population is increased.
What do you think the meeting should address or attempt to do? It sounds like it might be ambitious to try to build the bee habitats (properly) in real time at the meeting.

I was able to find a longer 5/16 drill bit that would drill the depth of hole required. They also have 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch in the 12 inch long bits.

Ray
Robin G.
user 19022451
Louisville, KY
Post #: 3
Part of the reason I linked to so many types was to show the simple and complex versions. The kinds made from 2 liters would be pretty quick to make, or perhaps the wooden ones could be made over multiple meetings? I am not an expert, I just happened to have already done the Googling.
ray
user 4058586
Group Organizer
Louisville, KY
Post #: 9
Robin: I am going to try to duplicate this system you linked to since I have access to a drill press. http://snohomish.wsu....­ It might be possible for me to do the initial drilling on the press, then finish the drilling with a hand drill and make the inserts at the meeting (drilling will have to be a 2 step process no matter where it's done).

I'm not sure what Peter is going to put together. Would you have time to do one of the bumblebee shelters or some other type of your preference?
Robin G.
user 19022451
Louisville, KY
Post #: 4
Well, I'm not particularly skilled at carpentry, but I will make a few of the simpler mason bee homes using recycled materials if possible, and think about an easy way to make a bumblebee box! Did we set a firm date and place for the next meeting yet?
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