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What's in my mason bee holes?

Posted by ltilton 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 1, 13 at 10:14

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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RE: What's in my mason bee holes?

Could it be leafcutter bees making a new home?

RE: What's in my mason bee holes?

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

I'll welcome them, then.

RE: What's in my mason bee holes?

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

Going in....
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Coming out with rubbish...truly hard working bees!
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RE: What's in my mason bee holes?

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

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