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 Post subject: Re: raising solitary mason bees
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:41 pm 
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torque wrote:
i got stung by a bumble bee a few years ago too. i have always been super bee friendly and am not afraid of them, and this one just literally came up to me and stung me in the stomach. i was totally taken by surprise (i was wearing black, so it probably thought i was a bear, in its defense). beware!!

My mom got randomly stung by a bumble bee **on the boob** when I was a kid! We were just hanging out in the pool and it landed on her and stung away! I've never had any problem with honey bees but I steer clear of the bumblers.

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 Post subject: Re: raising solitary mason bees
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:56 pm 
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AAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIII! if i got stung on the boob i think i would have died of shock, hysterical laughter, shame, and hubris all at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: raising solitary mason bees
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 9:28 pm 
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I just checked in my flower/bulb bed, and hooray, the mason bees have returned again! 6 years now.

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 Post subject: Re: raising solitary mason bees
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 9:56 pm 
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supercarrot wrote:
i've seen big bumblers flying/hovering around, but i haven't seen anyone use the house yet. i hope the holes aren't too small. :-(


turns out my holes were way too big. i looked up schematics after not seeing anyone flying in or out, and it turns out i greatly overestimated the sizes needed. (i was using japanese knotweed stems. waaay too big.) the pictures of the reeds and stuff looked deceptively large when i was first researching. oops! well, we put up a new house with the right sized reeds today. oh well. i hope it's not too late for summer bees to decide to move in. unfortunately the boysenberries are almost done with their blooming, and that's where the houses are. right above those. *sigh*

mr carrot was looking at some bee house designs today, and there was one that was made with a sturdy cage around it to keep the birdies out. (or at least so they can't peck as deep.) maybe we'll build one of those for next year. we definitely have red bellied woodpeckers living across the street, so they'd probably think the bee house is a buffet.

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 Post subject: Re: raising solitary mason bees
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 6:48 pm 
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so last year i used a box saw to cut the reeds and they were so ragged and took so long to cut and was really tough on the muscles. i don't think i got any bees. i stored it away in the garage and put it back out this year, but i also cut another bunch of reeds for a second bundle, and this time i used the dremel. the cuts were so much quicker and cleaner. i made sure to put it out before my plum trees bloomed, but now that that's over, i hadn't seen any plugged holes, so i figured the townwide mosquito spraying killed all nearby mason bees, and that i was out of luck and would have to coordinate with someone in a more rural area. (i asked the mosquito commission last year to not spray my street because i was trying to raise bees. a guy a block away raises honeybees, so i know we're safe for a 2 block area now)

so, the 2nd bundle was on the corner of the column just in front of my porch windows, but one day i noticed it was getting rained on, so i moved it to the other side of the column. it's been dry so-far. just now i was examining it and i saw that one of the holes was plugged. so excited! (then while i was looking at it, i heard somebody buzzing up behind me and then she climbed in one of the other holes.) yay! finally!

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 Post subject: Re: raising solitary mason bees
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 7:04 pm 
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That's so cool, SC!

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