Can I move mason bee hives after they finish nesting?
I have three hives that are rapidly filling up--75% full now, in the third week of May. Yay for bees!
Right now the hives are all hung on a full-sun south-facing wall. While this is more sunlight and heat than is usually recommended, it's working very well for our cold springs here in Seattle. This year's bees are much more active than they were last year when they were in the shade.
Once the bees have finished laying eggs and the hives have gone dormant, can I move them to a shadier location? The full sun is great now, but the hives will probably overheat if I leave them in full sun through September.
Is it OK to move them, as long as I handle them gently and keep them in the same orientation they were laid in?