what's up with my bees (mason or ?)
I have a mason bee house made out of a 4x4 with a bunch of holes drilled into it. I've ignored it for several years, and never noticed any bees around it. But this year I noticed that many of the holes were plugged up so I put a white mark above each one and have been checking them a lot recently.
I'm in the Los Angeles area, the spring has been warm, and this bee house is facing East so the rising sun hits it. Recently I've seen holes in about half of the plugs, and for the past month I've been looking into these holes with a flashlight and sometimes seeing movement. I'm also seeing yellow and blacks as colors of whatever is inside. I thought Mason bees were dark colored so these may be something else. And even though there is movement, and these bees look fairly large, I've yet so see one push out through the hole. Of course, I'm looking at night most of the time, but sometimes in the afternoon.
Any ideas at what I'm looking at, and when they are supposed to be coming out. My fruit trees are way past blooming, so they won't be much use in that way except perhaps with the orange trees. But I'm curious to know what I have.