We usually think of bees living and working together in a social colony, like #honeybees and #bumblebees do. But most other species, including leafcutters and mason bees, are actually solitary. This means they each construct their own individual nest (usually underground or in pre-existing cavities) and take on the sole responsibility of provisioning for their young.⠀
So in light of all the holiday gatherings coming up, we're curious... Who do you relate to more? 😄⠀
Social bees = The more the merrier! 🐝🐝🐝⠀
Solitary bees = Give me my alone time! 🐝
Blue sky, seriously the perfect accompaniment to the Beepost bee towers! We’ve been creating a display of Beeposts outside our workshop this week and can report that they look awesome, eye catching and ready for solitary bees!
See our stories for the design.
O design é capaz de solucionar problemas que muitas vezes nem passaram pela nossa cabeça. Já parou para pensar que a extinção das abelhas é uma questão latente que prejudica o equilíbrio ambiental no mundo todo? Pois o estúdio de design mexicano @maliarts_net usou sua expertise para criar uma possível solução para o problema: uma série de três estruturas para abelhas solitárias que vivem em ambientes urbanos. O projeto foi chamado de Refúgio e pretende fornecer as necessidades básicas de abrigo, comida e água para diferentes espécies de abelhas solitárias. Uma das estruturas funciona tanto como local de descanso quanto como ninho; a outra é um bebedouro e a terceira contém alimentos, para áreas sem flores suficientes. Descubra mais sobre o projeto engajado no nosso site (casavogue.globo.com).
We had a great turnout today for our field trip to Rutgers Gardens! We went on a quick hike to find some reeds to make solitary bee homes! We’ll be hosting more events like this in the future so definitely stay tuned for more announcements about it! #beekeeping#solitarybees#fallhike
Westbeth visits the fantastic Carmine St Guitars on Carmine St in the West Village. A documentary about this legendary place and owner, Rick Kelly, who builds custom made electric guitars out of 100 year old wood salvaged from Manhattan demolished buildings, just premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2018. Rick gave the person behind Westbeth Instagram some leftover wood so she could build houses for solitary bees. Thank you Rick. Cindy Hulej does custom engraving at the shop. @carminestreetguitars @cindyguitars @westbeth_artists_housing #customguitar#salvagedwood#solitarybees#electricguitars @gvshp_nyc #nycguitarstore
The Beepost was designed to help create a space for nature in a landscape, a home for solitary bees to nest in but much more besides.
Standing at 2 metres tall The Beepost works equally well in a modern, contemporary landscape or a more simple project.
Designed and made in Cornwall.
The leaf-cutter bee megachile centuncularis is one of a number of small, solitary leaf-cutter bees. Leaf-cutter bees nest in holes in plants stems, dead wood, cliffs or old walls, and can be seen in gardens. They famously cut discs out of leaves they particularly like roses, gluing together wth saliva in order to build the cells in which their larvae live. The larvae hatch and develop, pupating in Autumn and hibernating over winter. The leaf-cutter bee is on the wing from April to August, and feeds solely on pollen and nectar. It is best recognised by its habit of carrying pieces of leaf back to its nest; semi-circular holes in the leaves of garden plants also denote its presence. There are various species of leaf-cutter bee in Britain, which are very difficult to tell apart. Solitary need and wasps are important pollinators for all kinds of plants, including those which we rely on like fruit trees. You can help too: encourage bees and wasps into your garden by providing nectar-rich flower borders and fruit trees. ❤🐝😊
We watched a leaf-miner bee (non-native) pair setting up their home in a white pineapple plant today
The solitary pair go out and cut circles out of leaves, bring them back and manipulate the leaf to make tubes
Watching the bees reminded us of how barren the pastures were when we bought the farm. Seeing bees, grasshoppers, and ladybugs just show up and thrive is a big pat-on-the-back for us.
Welcome to the pineapple patch Mr. and Mrs. Bee! 🐝🐝 .
#regenerativeagriculture#pollinator#bees#hawaiifarm#womenwhofarm#wildbees#bigislandbeekeepers #🐝 #solitarybees#honomu
Oh my gourd! 🎃 It's #nationalpumpkinday , so enjoy these 5 fun facts about squash bees:⠀
🐝 These specialists only collect pollen from squash flowers. This, along with their hairy bodies, makes them excellent squash pollinators. ⠀
🐝 They start foraging very early in the morning when the flowers open, often before full daylight.⠀
🐝 By midday, females return to their nest while the males often take a nap in the wilted blooms.⠀
🐝 Peponapis (a genus of squash bee) means "pumpkin bee" in Greek.⠀
🐝 Squash bees are solitary, ground-nesting bees.⠀
Comment with a 🎃 to thank these bees for their pollination services! (P.S. Although not as efficient as squash bees, honeybees and bumblebees can also pollinate pumpkins.)
Why do we bring our bees in each June and wash them in the fall? This block was left out all summer and predators have killed almost all the developing bees 😢. Coming soon: detailed photos of our cleaning process on our blog at www.rentmasonbees.com #beecleaning#solitarybees#masonbees
One of the most likely species of solitary bee you’ll spot nesting in a bee hotel or a Green&Blue Bee Brick or Block is the red mason bee.
These beautiful bees are one of the first to emerge as it starts to warm up in mid to late Spring.
The males emerge first from the nest and, after feeding, wait, kind of patiently, for the females to emerge. There’s generally around a two week gap.
Once the females have emerged and mating has taken place it’s kind of over for the males and they cease their existence (hard to think of the nicest way to put that!)
The females then begin the job of nesting, their life’s work. ...To be continued!
Made a bee hotel! 🐝 these are perfect for solitary bees like the ones I'm doing my masters project on this year (red mason bees). Going to put it up in the garden and see if anything nests ❤ #bees#solitarybees#conservation#nature#cute
Colletes hederae, or, the Ivy Bee.
On the wing from early September until early November making it the last solitary bee species to emerge each year.
First recorded as new to Britain in 2001.
Photo shared by Lisa Williams on Twitter during #solitarybeehour as part of @solitarybeeweek.
Have you spotted ivy bees where you are?
Share your recordings with Bwars if you can, but we’d love to hear about what you’ve been spotting.
Hello friends, it’s been too long since we’ve interacted. Larry and I have been busy as a bee, #beekeeperjokes#dadjokes with renovating and restoring our house after it flooded in February. Earlier this year, beehives, bee related decor, solitary bee houses, hive tools, and rebranding were all in the early stages of design! With a few setbacks, we are still here and still in love with our beehives. .
Story time, .
One of the landowners where we keep beehives was explaining to his son why the bees were there. He said, we keep them in boxes and steal their honey because they are too dumb to notice. I see where he is coming from, but beekeeping is SO much more! Larry and I talk about bees all the time, we love them! We want them to thrive and be healthy. To have plenty of flowers to pollinate. They are fascinating, and we learn something new every time we read a book or open the hive. .
Yes, there is honey involved and dang, is it delicious. But, sometimes there isn’t, and we love them just the same. .
We have a cool new event this weekend at our Division street store! It’s a different kind of harvest party - harvesting mason bees!
PNW native mason bees are non-aggressive, fun to watch, easy to raise, AND they are very efficient pollinators. Learn about harvesting and more from the experts @crown_bees This is a free event and all are welcome.
Oh! And if you have them, BYO bees!
You may notice pollinator hotels all over The Clubhouse Farm when you visit.
Here, a leaf cutter bee has filled a bamboo hollow, sealing it off with leaves, and an orchard mason bee has used the one above it, finishing it off with a little mud wall. Both of these solitary, gentle, efficient pollinators make a nest of nectar and pollen. They lay an egg, and seal off the nest with a little wall which will start the next space for another egg. This process continues until there is no more room in the hollow, and the mother bee flies off to perhaps start another nest. Once the eggs hatch, the new little bees eat their snack and dig their way out into the world! These wonderful creatures do so much for us!
These pollinator hotels will be stored in the shed over the winter, as these nurseries are a potential self-serve snack for predators. The bamboo hollows won't be used again because they could harbor mites or fungus harmful to the young bees. Next year, it's all reusable wooden trays!
Woodland Green 1 🐝
And now I’m utterly confused 🤔
Within this hotel was a little orange-vented hatchling from this year. I found her confused and covered in pollen and after safe guarding her cane when cracking it I found four of her babees and a long area loaded with loose pollen. Considering the amount of babies these little bees seem to produce, I’m guessing she moved into this hotel towards the end of her life. I also have my first red Mason/leaf cutter bee shared bamboo cane, though the leaf cutters were not successful. Seeing as the red Mason is a spring bee it would’ve had to chew past the summer bees to get out? Then there are the parasites situated within the Red Mason cells and this is puzzling...some cells failed, but even with these parasites present in other cell chambers, other red Mason’s have successfully spun cocoons and developed?!? I’ve searched through each effected chamber and where cocoons have developed, I’ve candled and cleaned them and they’re all fully formed Mason bees who are a-wiggling and a-buzzing! 🤔
So that’s kinda got me stumped! Not your average chalcid and the spaghetti poo from whatever this parasite is, is new to me this year... So in this hotel 25 leaf cutter babies, 4 orange-vented Mason bees and 29 Red Mason bees (10 of which are in quarantine nurseries). *wibble* 😅🐝 #beehotel#emsbeeandbee#overwintering#babees#bee#solitarybeekeeper#masonbees#beekeeping#solitarybees#leafcutterbee#osmialeaiana#nature#naturephotography#wildlife#naturelovers#pollinators#bughotel #🐝 #entomology
My folks other bee boxes 🐝
At the other end of the garden two more boxes were situated due to lots of leaf cutter activity. With only one cell being taken over by chalcid wasps the total between the two was 51 leaf cutter bee babies. Only leaf cutters used these hotels. There are lots of bugs inside the bee hotels and I need to research all of them, but I found a little caterpillar enjoying the leaf padding left behind by one mummy leaf cutter bee and wondered if he chewed a cocoon on his travels? My first sighting of what I believe is a spider-hunting wasp (I think 🤔 look at those antennas wiggle 😄) as lots of little spiders are inside the hotels. Everything other than the babies were safely released back into my folks garden...even the little bug who was playing possum, who was in fact alive 🤗
Chalcid wasps in the leaf cutter cells 🐝
After putting certain bee cocoons into Quarantine, as soon as the other babees were safeguarded in their nurseries I took the holey cocoons outside for a further look. 2 cocoons were lost due to these little wasps chewing through to the larvae. The adults have died leaving the next generation of chalcid. This is where the leaf cutters are vulnerable as they’ll be in their larvae stage until early next summer when they pupate. Given the chance, these little wasps will use the baby bees as a buffet. Saved the rest of the row and checked them carefully for more holes. Although no more holes were present, the babees in the infected row have been put into separate quarantine nurseries.