Pollinator Happenings in the Willamette Valley
from the Linn County Master Gardeners
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BEE NOTES - ALL COCOONS OUT NOW! April 9, 2018
We are sold out. There are no more mason bee cocoons available through Linn County Master Gardeners. THANK YOU for supporting our association and the mason bee.
ALL MASON BEE COCOONS SHOULD BE OUT ASAP!!
DO IT TODAY IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED PUTTING OUT YOUR COCOONS!
To answer a question that others may have:
What do you mean that we "fear the bees have used so much of their reserves"?
The refrigeration of the mason bees has helped them slow down the rate of energy they used to stay alive over the winter. After many months the bees have used a great deal of that stored energy. The longer we waited to put out our cocoons the more likely the bees will lack energy to survive. With the right temperatures we really try to get the cocoons out starting about mid March and get them out as soon as the weather permits to help insure they still have a good energy supply. This year has been a tough one weather wise.
Note from yesterday:
Rich says he is seeing problems in numerous locations. He fears the bees have used up so much of their reserves that they are in trouble. This might be a repeat of last year but maybe worse. Rich is losing a lot of bees right now. He is watching them closely. If you are having issues, know that you are not alone this year. We can hope things will improve. This is why it is so important that we help as much as we can. The longer we have waited to put out the cocoons, the more
Remember: They need plants, shrubs and trees that provide pollen and nectar. They need MUD and water. Their life cycle ends at the beginning of June.
HAVE FUN WATCHING YOUR MASON BEES AND ALL THE OTHER BEES IN YOUR YARD!
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need more supplies.
Ranee at RaneeWebb66@gmail.com or
Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org
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These posts are from Master Gardeners, as well as speakers we have had at various events concerning pollinators.