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Is a solitary bee a mason bee?

Confusion surrounding solitary bees seems to be getting worse. Recently, I ran into an acquaintance in a local supermarket. The conversation went something like this: “Hey Kathy,” I said, “did you finally get your hive set up?” “No, we decided to wait another year. But we got solitary bees! We put up a box.” “Great!” I […] Read more

How to make an awesome nesting block

The conventional wisdom about nesting blocks is that you take a 5/16-inch bit and drill holes that are roughly 5-10 inches long. This will attract orchard mason bees, which is typically what people are trying to do with nesting blocks. But recently my whole attitude toward these blocks was changed by Michael Burgett, Emeritus Professor […] Read more