Introducing Mason Bees
You may have been hearing about Mason Bees lately, the gentle pollinators that are a great alternative to the honey bees we know so well.
GardenBunch has recently partnered with Crown Bees to offer some of their great Mason and Leaf Cutter bee products on our site. We’re also very excited to have the opportunity to share with our readers the world of these bees that are so easy for home gardeners to have and utilize in their gardens!
The Gentle and Amazing Pollinating Mason Bees
We’re often asked, “Why mason bees?” The answer is pretty simple. Of the 4,000 bee species in North America, mason bees captured our fascination. Not only are they easy to raise and gentle , they’re amazing pollinators. We find the sole reliance on the troubled honey bee for food pollination is a bit worrisome. After all, bees pollinate 1/3 of our food supply. By raising solitary mason bees, we can increase their population. It’s a great way to supplement the stressed honey bee and sustain our future food supply. Our tips on creating safe havens for bees also protect our environment, our water and yes, even our pocketbooks!
What exactly IS a mason bee? How is it different from a honey bee?
Mason bees are cavity dwelling bees that lay their eggs in existing holes. They do not create holes or damage structures to make holes. Mason bees stay close to home, foraging for pollen and nectar within 300 feet (100m) of the nest. This proximity makes them an attractive pollinator for yards and gardens. There are more than 130 species of spring and summer mason bees in North America alone.
Watch this informative short video with Dave from Crown Bees to learn more:
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