M. Korsz

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Mason bee newbie trying to figure out what these creatures are....

    I had my mason bee block in the garage over the winter then moved it to the garage refrigerator when the weather started to climb into the 40's.  I know I should have harvested my mason bee cocoons during the winter, but I just never got around to it.  This past summer was my first year with mason bees so when I harvested my cocoons tonight, (which I only got 10!!!, not very happy) I found these strange larva in some of the trays.  I numbered them for easier identification.  

#1 - What the hell are these disgusting things?  As you can see they are walled off with mud and do move around a little even though it was in a cold garage (about mid 30's).  I believe they may be some kind of wasp larva, but not sure what kind.

#2 - I believe these may be those grass carrying wasps.  Not sure if that is there official name.  I think they paralyze prey and wrap them up with an egg for their larva to feed on.  

#3 - I have no idea what these are.  They are about 1/8" long...maybe a little longer.

#4 - These little cocoons were grouped together and I also found them in another area of the block.  

    Any help in identifying these would be helpful.  I don't know which of these if any are pests or predators of the mason bee.  I can send a high res picture if that helps take a closer look at some of the stuff.  

I bought 20 or 30 cocoons last winter to start off my mason bee block, but disappointingly only got 10 cocoons to harvest.  6 female and 4 male.  I think I may have gotten one....yes...1... leaf cutter cocoon also!!!  Does anyone have any suggestions for getting more mason bees to occupy my block?  It looks like I'm getting more of other insects using it than mason bees.  I left out a good mud supply near the block, I have a small plum tree, a big apple tree, and a small peach tree in the yard.  All three are within 30 yards of the mason bee house.  I also have my garden about 25' away also.  I figured this would be the perfect place for them to shack up.  The mason bee house gets sun from morning up until mid/late afternoon.  

Thank you for any info you may have.....and if anyone happens to have a pile of extra cocoons and might be looking for a way to get rid of a few, I may be interested.  LOL.  I will gladly cover shipping costs as long as you are not buying them a first class plane ticket!!

 
10 months ago
No one is saying they are completely useless and should be eradicated. These pictures are not 100% factual and are only for humor. Like the previous post said just laugh at them. Read them chuckle a little and move on.
1 year ago
I love these!  Post more!
1 year ago
I would like to try growing Paw Paw trees but do not know much about them. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a variety that would do good in northern New Jersey. I have never heard of this fruit until about a year ago so I have never tried it. Does anyone happen to have some extra seeds they could send me? Of course I would PayPal use some money to cover postage.

Any suggestions about how to grow them would be appreciated.
1 year ago
I just bought some online so I don't need them anymore.   How do I delete a post?
2 years ago
After taking dormant cocoons out of the refrigerator once outside temperatures are correct, how long do the cocoons take before the bees hatch? In other words how long do the cocoons need to be warmed up by outside temperatures before they hatch?

I know leaf cutter bees hatch later in the season but do they go outside the same time as Mason bees?

Can both types of bees coexist in the same hive? What size hole should be leaf cutter bee have to nest in? Or do they use the same 5/16 hole the mason bee uses?

Thank you.  
2 years ago
Or you can just buy a bag of clay from online or a place like Crown bees for around five or six dollars.
2 years ago
Thanks for the info!  I just thought of something. ...what if I had two batches of mason bee cocoons and hatched one the normal time in the early spring. Then kept the other batch in the refrigerator until early summer and then i would have the second batch to pollinate during the summer around the time the first batch is dying off.

How big are leaf-cutter bees? A 3/16 hole seems pretty small
2 years ago