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The Orchard Mason Bee

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The Life History, Biology, Propagation, and Use of a North American Native Bee.

This is an introduction to the orchard Mason bee. From the life history and propagation, to the explanation of predators and parasites, the author shares his personal experiences with this non-aggressive bee.

You will find all the information you need to capture and raise these docile bees at ho
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Paperback, 146 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Knox Cellars Publishing (first published 1993)
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Heather
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the bee-curious, the bee-phobic, growers of food
Mason bees are awesome! They are non-harmful, native, super pollinators, and easy to raise.

Last year I took a workshop where I learned all about our lovely native bees, and took away two tubes of hibernating masons along with a bee block I bought. Soon after installing the lot on my front porch, the bees woke up and went to work filling the block. This year I've been enjoying the observation I'm able to do, as the population continues to increase. Moved by my love of these new pets, I got this w
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jess
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, growing, bees
The mason bee - what a marvelous creature. Solitary, non-honey bees that are gentle and live only for a few short weeks. They are critical pollinators for early-blooming things like fruit trees. If you're like "power to the pollinators," but you're not willing/able to raise honeybees, mason bees are awesome. They are *extremely* efficient pollinators (250 females can pollinate a whole acre of orchard!!!) and very very little work on behalf of the beekeeper.

This book is good - it could stand to
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Chelle
May 17, 2008 rated it liked it
If you like the idea of bees but don't want too much fuss - here is a how to book on bees that are excellent pollinators (so environmentally correct and good for us). You can get the book and order up some bees and feel good about supporting local pollinators.
Laura
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute little book, it's somewhat out of date, but still entertaining, and does have some helpful information.
Lisa Oswald
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: botany
Clear, concise, everything you need to get started
Kim
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read on the life cycle and practicalities of mason bee keeping. We'll see how well I can use the info this spring.
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