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3gardeners
Mableton, GA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2008
4:15 AM

Post #4967276

Hey. Are these the same as the carpenter bees here in GA? Ours look like bumble bees and are actually a type of fly. They get by on their looks! Anyway, I have about 30 holes in my new pergola and I'd love to find a way to divert their digging.
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2008
4:20 AM

Post #4967292

Nope, these are different bees altogether. They can't make their own nesting holes, they only nest in holes that they find.

They would love to nest in your pergola, though, and they are very good pollinators!
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2008
1:59 PM

Post #4973220

I have Mason Bees. I thought I lost them the second year. The following year or three years later I found them nesting by choice in my hiding places in cedar shakes. Apparently they liked the wood home over the tubes provided by the seller.

I gave up keeping honey bees with all of their present problems and concerns.
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 19, 2008
2:52 PM

Post #4973428

Whereas all kinds of creatures love the tubes on my shed! They are mostly filled up by now.

I saw what definitely seemed to be a real orchard mason bee in one of my tubes last week - perhaps a wild one.
wormfood
Lecanto, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2008
7:35 PM

Post #4974639

I have one, I believe it's the same one that comes back every year. When I couldn't kill it, because of fear, I looked it up and found out it's a solitary bee that does not attack and does not bore their own holes. So that was cool and I named her Lucille. She gets confused when I move a hanging plant but finds her wood beam with-in the minute. Sometimes she stops in front of my face to check me out. But goes about her business as soon as she sees I'm not a threat. Or maybe she's trying to tell me something. I'm definately building the 4x4.

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