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Mason bee life cycle

Let's look inside the Mason bee nest!

These amazing pollinators will nest in naturally formed cavities like reed stems or beetle burrows. If you create man made structures these species will likely nest in your garden.

Males and females emerge in the early Spring months (March/April), after mating the busy Summer begins for the females. 

In the Spring, females will forage for pollen as they use Mass Provisioning to provide for their offspring. They seal the cell with the egg inside, the larvae will hatch after a few days and begin consuming the pollen load. 

Throughout the Summmer the larvae grows significantly until it spins a cocoon. It will Overwinter inside the cocoon, emerging again next summer.

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Leafcutter bee life cycle

Let's look inside the Leafcutter bee nest!

These unique pollinators are a cavity nesting species like the Mason bees, Leafcutter bees will nest in both natural and man-made structures.

Males and females emerge in the early Summer months (May/June), after mating the busy Summer begins for the females. 

Leafcutter females will forage for pollen as they use Mass Provisioning to provide for their offspring. They seal the cell with leaves with the egg inside, the larvae will hatch after a few days and begin consuming the pollen load. 

Once the cavities are sealed, the larvae grows significantly until it spins a cocoon. It will Overwinter inside the cocoon, emerging again next summer.

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