PBS made this mesmerizing video about the blue orchard mason bee using macro photography and microscopy in 4K resolution. It will teach you the difference between honeybees and solitary bees, show you the inside of a nesting tube and show you close ups of these incredible pollinators like you’ve never seen before.
•DO NOT STING – Mason bees are non-aggressive and don’t sting.
•BELLY FLOPPERS – Mason bees BELLY FLOP onto flowers and get pollen all over their bodies.
•ONE OF NATURE’S BEST POLLINATORS –Mason bees pollinate 95% of the flowers they land on.
•HARD WORKERS – Mason bees visit up to 2,000 flowers a day.
•HELP HONEYBEES – The stressful workload that is placed on honeybee colonies is reduced when they work alongside solitary bees.
•SOLITARY BEES – They work by themselves, find their own food, build their own nest and lay eggs
Mason bees are easy to host with practically zero maintenance during spring and summer months and they have no hive to maintain. For solitary bees, fall is the most important season to take care of your bees. For those who want to support solitary bees and pollinate their yards, but not worry about the fall cleaning process of all the mason bee cocoons, sterilizing the nesting blocks and storing safely over winter, you can rent bees from us. We will clean all the evasive predators off your bees, help promote the health of our solitary bee populations and help farmers make more food.
How to Host Mason Bees? If you’re interested in helping mason bee populations, please check out our website for more information about hosting bees. We provide mason and leafcutter bee kits to pollinate your yard during Spring and Summer months.
Thank you for supporting solitary pollinators! Enjoy the video!