Category Archives: 2015

Whole leaf-petal pieces & the Leaf-cutting bees, Megachile

Did you ever see perfect circles cut for your rose leaves or even flowers?  Did you wonder who was responsible?  Did you ever imagine it might just be a bee?  All Whole Leaf Piece plugs are made by Megachile, though … Continue reading

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Loose Debris Plugs & their Bugs

Sticks, and stones, and broken bones, that’s what my nest plug is made of… The plug type that we are focusing on for this week’s “Plugs & Bugs” is Loose Debris.  In all of our other P&B posts we have … Continue reading

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Chewed Vegetation (part 1) & Mason Bees

Depending on species, Leaf-cutting bees (Family Megachilidae) use a variety of things to make nest plugs including mud, resin, plant fuzz, and as their name implies, leaves. Many of our leaf-cutting bees chew leaves into a pulp as they build … Continue reading

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Resin Plugs (part 1) and their Bugs

Some of the best nest plugs in the bug business are made of sticky plant sap–as it dries, it hardens into a protective door and can stand on its own or be topped off with debris.  Today we’ll cover two … Continue reading

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Spider Web “Plugs” and Spider “Bugs”

Spiders strike fear in many of us, but they are an important part of our natural world and can even be pretty darn cute! Your bee block is the perfect place to call home for a variety of critters, so … Continue reading

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Mud Plugs (part 1) and their Bugs

Mud is used to plug the nests of many wasps and some bee species, including our earliest nesting bee, Osmia lignaria. Mud plugs are a complex set of plugs, with subtle differences that we are starting to understand. For this … Continue reading

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Spring 2015 has Sprung

Welcome to 2015! The Osmia lignaria are flying early this year. If you already have your bee block, make sure it goes up soon, since female O. lignaria are now looking for places to nest. If you’ve registered for a … Continue reading

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