3 things Mason bees need to flourish, and to give a boost to your garden

MASON BEES ARE SMALL. They don’t look like what we think a bee should look like and in fact more closely resemble a fly, although some are an attractive metallic greenish-blue. While they might live and nest in proximity to others, most native bees, including the blue orchard Mason bee, are loners. Solitary by nature, each female Mason bee forages for food, prepares a nesting environment and lays eggs all on her own.

Independent, adaptable and resilient, Mason bees emerge from their cocoons at the first hint of warmth in spring and fly in wet and windy weather, conditions that keep other bees grounded. It’s in the best interest of gardeners, farmers and anyone who eats to support this early-season pollinator.

Plotting our gardens to provide pollinator habitat is an important link in an ecological chain that connects growing spaces into a whole that’s much larger than any single garden.

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