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Meet the New Tenant

Webweaver spun a web and then crawled into the mason bee condo to occupy a hole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You can't always choose your tenants. Sometimes they choose you. Take the case of our two bee condos, which are blocks of wood drilled with holes for native bee occupancy....

Webweaver spun a web and then crawled into the mason bee condo to occupy a hole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Webweaver spun a web and then crawled into the mason bee condo to occupy a hole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Webweaver spun a web and then crawled into the mason bee condo to occupy a hole. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of webweaving spider occupying space in the bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of webweaving spider occupying space in the bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of webweaving spider occupying space in the bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM
Tags: bee condo (4), leafcutter bees (4), mason bees (1), spider (13), webweaver (1)

Hole in One

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First you give them roots, then you give them wings. That's what's happening in our bee condo, a wooden block (nest) with drilled holes for leafcutting bees...

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hole in one--a hole signifying the emergence of a leafcutting bee (Megachile). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee provisioning her nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee on sedum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Tags: bee condo (4), Megachile (7), native bees (26), Robbin Thorp (239)

Ten Tenants

Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ten tenants.That's how many tenants are occupying our wooden bee block, aka "bee condo."It's "home, sweet home" for leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.).Daily we see these...

Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two leafcutting bees (Megachile spp.) at their bee condo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bee sipping nectar from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutter bee sipping nectar from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bee sipping nectar from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM
Tags: bee condo (4), leafcutter bees (4), Megachile (7)

Build It And They Will Come

Bee block

Build it and they will come. Baseball’s “Field of Dreams?” No, a bee nesting block.  Think "bee...

Bee block
Bee block

This is a bee nesting block built to attract native pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutter bee
Leafcutter bee

A female leafcutting bee heads for the bee nesting block. The holes are of different diameters and depths to attract a greater diversity of native bees.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In flight
In flight

Leafcutter bees are just a few of the native bees that use a bee nesting block. The block faces the morning sun so that bees can warm themselves up to flight temperature. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 2:45 PM
 
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