Thanks to our renters we had a lot of mason bees to clean this fall. We are committed to cleaning each bee cocoon raised through our program in order to promote healthy mason bee populations and eliminate predators.
Leafcutter bees are solitary, gregarious (like to live near each other) cavity-nesting bees. The females wrap their offspring in multiple pieces of leaf material where they will remain until the following year when they chew their way out when temperatures reach 80 degrees F.
It feels like spring has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest and mason bees are starting to fly. Everyone's backyard yard is a little different so bee activity levels can vary at this point in the season.