Asked by: Seydou De Felipe
asked in category: General Last Updated: 2nd May, 2020

Where are mason bees found in the US?

The red mason bee, Osmia bicornis, is found across the European continent. Over 300 species are found across the Northern Hemisphere. Most occur in temperate habitats within the Palearctic and Neartic zones, and are active from spring through late summer.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, where do you put a mason bee house?

The Bee House should be placed against a flat surface and located in an area protected from high winds. The front of the house should have a south or southwest exposure where it will get the most sun in winter to keep bees warm. After bees mate, the female places eggs in the bamboo tubes.

Secondly, where can I buy mason bees? Getting Mason Bees You can often purchase cocoons for blue orchard mason bees and alfalfa leafcutter bees through local breeders and quality nurseries. We get our cocoons shipped to us from Crown Bees in Seattle Washington.

Likewise, are mason bees native to North America?

About 139 species of mason bee are native to North America, or 41% of the global diversity of the group (ITIS 2008; see Appendix for complete list). An additional three species (Osmia cornifrons and O. taurus from Asia and O. caerulescens from Europe) have been introduced to the continent.

What does a mason bee nest look like?

Mason bees look similar to house flies – they have black bodies and a dark blue iridescent sheen. They also seem to be just as happy in artificially-constructed nests, so long as these nests include tubes made of cardboard or paper where the female bee can lay her eggs.

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