Category Archives: Nest Plugs

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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Insects of the Week: genus Isodontia

Scientific name: Isodontia Common name: Grass-carrying wasps Family: Sphecidae Nest type: dried grass blades Size: 18-20 mm Nest tunnels used: 1/2” to 5/16” tunnels Looks like: Large rusty orange or shiny black wasps If you’ve ever opened a window and … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: genus Anthidium

Scientific name: Anthidium Common name: Wool carder bees Family: Megachilidae Nest type: hairs from plants, but may include debris Size: 8-15 mm (males larger than females) Nest tunnels used: 1/2” down to 5/16” Looks like: Black and yellow striped bees It’s … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: species from the genus Hoplitis

Scientific name: Hoplitis (Hoplitis fulgida, Hoplitis albifrons, Hoplitis spoliata) Common name: Mason bees Family: Megachilidae Nest type: Chewed leaves with pebbles cemented into the mixture Size: 3/8″ to 1/2″ (elongate) Nest tunnels used: 3/16” to 1/4” Looks like: H. fulgida is metallic blue-green; H. albifrons … Continue reading

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Spider, man

It’s not just Bees and Wasps that live in our bee blocks, Spiders like to call the blocks home as well. They are quite active in the spring, and we frequently see webs. (Hey, it beats finding an empty block!) … Continue reading

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SCORE !

So one of the goals for The Bees’ Needs is to provide nesting sites for our native solitary wood-nesting bee species. If block 131150 is any indication, it looks like we are doing pretty well. Here’s the story – In … Continue reading

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