Mason bees, or orchard bees, are prodigious pollinators. Unlike honey bees, mason bees are solitary (and native to the Americas) and, as such, all females are fertile and produce eggs which they lay in small deep holes packed with food (a pollen and nectar mix), and seal with mud.
WORKSHOP & CLASS: March 12, 2017 -- A two-part, 2-hour workshop for ages 8 and up at Agricultural Hall. Learn about our native mason bees and how to provide them an attractive and nurturing nesting house. The workshop ends with a mason bee house construction project after which every participant will leave with a mason bee house ready for the bees' arrival -- any day now!. The entire two-part workshop will be taught twice, once from 10-12 and again from 12-2. For more information, please call Bill at 617-388-7378. Registration hasn't begun yet, but check back here by February 12, or send me an email and I will contact you once registration begins; bill@AgHall.com.
Attendees are encouraged to bring an empty tin or aluminum can measuring around 3-4 inches in diameter and 4-5 inches tall. Why? You'll see.....
Several species of mason bees occur naturally in the northeast. They're always looking for a good nesting site -- provide them a home, and they will move in.
Agricultural Hall has several living configurations to choose from -- from dirt-cheap digs to splendid "Chalet" accommodations. It's all about the same to the bees. Here are the latest listings. More supplies and information available at Agricultural Hall. Call or stop by: