Video of processing Mason Bee cocoons Part 4

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In this final segment I clear out the remainder of the solitary Bees, I had many bamboo tubes to open but over many hours I was able to process all of them. I did enlist the help of my friend @ryulincoln and he helped me do the rest of them. I think I have a few hundred cocoons, if my Bee boards work out I think I can expect 10x that honestly. And alot more females as the bee boards are designed for the right size to encourage female ratios more than males. When the tubes are too small the female mason Bee makes more males. It would seem the males help to get the bigger females out of their cocoons. So maybe that is partially why more are made in small areas, so the males can help the females emerge from the cocoons.

While removing cocoons from the Bamboo tubes I came across out that was in a damaged cocoon, I separated using my tweezers carefully it but unfortunately they do not survive if emerging too early. And Im afraid that is the fate for those that get damaged when I remove them, another reason the bee boards should work better, less impact on the Bee cocoons.

As I was opening the large Bamboo tubes one burst open under the pressure covering me in bee mud and other insect material, not fun. But its not a big deal most opened without much issue and most cocoons were harvested without being damaged. In a little less than a month they will be emerging and looking forward to the adult female Bees making all new mud homes in the Bee boards I built for them.

Once I figure out which ones they like the most im planning on listing them on Steem Homesteaders Co-op. Should know that in a month or two which design they are attracted to the most and then planning on making alot of them.

I need to make a couple more boards to complete my bee container for these boards. And then putting them up in a safe place and await the bees to hopefully find and use them. I did not come across any Leafcutter Bee cocoons but I did see them go into the homes, so I am a little confused on where those are. They stand out as they are cuttings of leafs glued together by the Bee and I did not see any. Hopefully they will use my Bee boards just like the Mason Bees.

More info on these Bees can be found on their Wikipedia page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_bee

Links to other parts in this series..

https://steemit.com/dtube/@solominer/wnq1ad6w
Part 1

https://steemit.com/dtube/@solominer/l9212tc9
Part 2

https://steemit.com/dtube/@solominer/34y5c43p
Part 3

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Thanks.
I get a lot of Carpenter Bees. Never heard of Mason Bees
Thanks for presenting on #pypt @pypt

Yeah I didnt know about them until recently as well.. they blend in with normal bees if you dont know what to look for.

Congrats On Your Work!
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Thanks alot, I think it will pay off.

I really hope so, as we need as many Need in the World as possible!
Have an Awesome Day!
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Interesting video. Forgive me my ignorance but what are you "using" the bees for?
Do they produce honey?:)

Oh great thanks for watching. They do not produce honey, but they are excellent pollinators. I have various fruit trees around the property, so they help in pollinating some of them which increases my fruit yield.

I'm planning on trying to collect pollen from them. But that's another project. In the mean time they will go from flower to flower helping the plants out near by.

Thanks, that makes perfectly sense :D
And I think it's good for the environment as there are less and less wild bees.

@grider123

While researching bees and pollination I learned almond farmers would rent bee hives during their tree flowing periods to help with pollination. So makes sense they are good for the environment, the flowers love them.

Yeah im afraid there are less wild bees, hopefully my help will do something for my local population of pollinators.

Interesting. I'm scared of bees. I always think I will get stung by them 🐝 Just realized they're good for trees to yield more fruits.

Thanks for checking out my post, actually these mason bees and other solitary bees are very docile. When compared to honey bees they almost never sting unless their life is in danger. Ive walked around them all day long and they never go after me. They do get curious and fly up close to me but no stinging. If they did I couldnt handle raising them.. haha

One day I want to get honey bees, ill need to be more worried about stings at that time.

Yup, I was amazed how many Blueberries I got last year. The Bees were very busy pollinating them. And it seemed to pay off, giving us it would seem almost twice as much compared to previous years.

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