Spring is the time of year Mason Bees are out, pollinating flowers and fruit trees. 3rd graders in Mrs. Springgate's class got a first hand look at a newly hatched queen Mason bee and created a new "home" for future bees in the garden.
A few fun Mason Bee facts:
All female Mason bees are queens!
Mason bees don't sting.
Mason bees don't live in hives.
Gardeners can create "houses" to bring mason bees to their gardens. Mason bee queens like to lay their eggs in long, narrow, tube like spaces. In these tubes the queen will lay eggs and build walls (like masons of years past) between the groups of eggs to protect them from other insects, Queens also leave pollen behind to feed the larvae. In the Garden of Wonders, Julie Welch and 3rd graders used and old birdhouse frame and placed tubes in among some twigs. Gardeners can also use wood blocks and drill deep holes in them.