More Mason Bee Facts!
Here is the second in a series of short posts about Mason Bees! (In case you missed the introduction, here it is.) We hope you enjoy learning about these wonderful, gentle natured bees! A big thank you goes out as always to our partner, Crown Bees, for sharing their fabulous information about these bees!
Here is a really interesting fact about Mason Bees: All female mason bees are solitary queens. (Who knew there was such a thing as a solitary bee?) Each performs all of the duties that an entire honey bee hive might undertake: gathering pollen and nectar, laying eggs, and ensuring her eggs are protected when she’s not there by sealing them with mud. Mason bees appear to like company because they build their nests near one another. There is no sharing of nests, however.
Do Mason Bees sting? Should I worry about them in my yard if I have children?
Since each female performs all the duties, she doesn’t have time to also defend her nesting hole. Therefore, there’s no need for aggression. Although mason bees have stingers, they will only sting if their life is threatened-like getting caught in clothing or squeezed in a tight fist. The venom, if you can get stung, is extremely mild and similar to a mosquito bite.
She does have a couple of built-in defenses for her hole. She seals each egg chamber with mud to protect her babes from predators while she is away. Also, once she claims a hole, other mason bees will honor it. She might visit someone else’s hole by accident while looking for hers, but she won’t lay eggs anywhere but in her own home.
So these bees are fairly gentle, and great to have in your garden. If you’re interested in hosting Mason Bees in your own yard, please visit our Crown Bee products available here!
As always, we love to hear from you! Questions and comments are encouraged!
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