Mason Bees

Colony collapse disorder (CCD), where whole colonies of honeybees are just disappearing, remains largely unexplained, but it seems increasingly likely that it’s a result of multiple pressures on the hives, which makes potential solutions even more difficult to identify. This scares me — honeybees are critically important to agriculture. CCD has renewed efforts to encourage native North American pollinators like the non-social Orchard Mason Bee. I’ve been thinking of building an Orchard Mason bee house in an effort to attract them, but I fear that it would end up full of termites instead.

Posted on March 31st, 2009 by Katxena