What's in my mason bee holes?

ltiltonApril 1, 2013

I was cleaning out some old bee tubes on the weekend, and found a number of them where the tubes had been stuffed with rolls of leaves, that were still green although dry. I couldn't identify what was inside the leaves.

Does anyone recognize this? Could it be some kind of bee predator, or just another insect using the tubes to home in.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Could it be leafcutter bees making a new home?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 10:28PM
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ltilton

Konrad, I think you got it. Been raising mason bees for several years, never saw this before.

I'll welcome them, then.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:35AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Nice!
These are fun to watch! One time I've seen one cleaning out a hole in a rotten tree,...

Going in....

Coming out with rubbish...truly hard working bees!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:09AM
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ltilton

I was concerned it might be a parasite or something that preys on bees.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 8:22PM
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