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Mason Bees love Black Locust

 
Isaac Hill
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So I was looking at the grape arbor I built with black locust logs that I left unfinished and noticed that there were lots and lots of mason bees making nests in the small holes up and down the logs... talk about stacking functions!
 
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Many types of bees love the black locust...great forage. I have heard it makes great honey.

 
Isaac Hill
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Right, but I've heard of people doing all sorts of complicated things to encourage mason bees, them moving into the black locust arbor was just was serendipitous.
 
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Glad that they found a great home in your setup. Black Locust certainly seems a good general purpose tree for permies!
Fulfills many functions.

 
Jordan Lowery
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I wonder if they know it has anti fungal properties, which maybe helps keep the many parasitic fungi that eat the larvae at bay.
 
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They probably do. They probably know a lot more about most woods than we do.
Their survival depends upon their instincts We just try to invent our way out of a problem.
 
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