Mason Bee Resources

We’re wild about bees!

Did you know that there are more than 450 species of bee in BC (and counting!)? That is more than the number of birds in all of Canada. Honeybees can be found all over the world, but they are an introduced species to North America. Bee species vary in size, shape and colour, and unlike honeybees most wild bees are solitary and nest in cavities or holes in the ground. One thing that ALL pollinators (and people for that matter) need is habitat (a place to live) and forage (diverse, healthy food). If you want to support pollinators the best way to start is by planting a garden!

Mason Bees are native to BC and are a fun way to get to know wild bees in your garden. They live in cavities, so you can roll tubes for them to live in and create a “Bee Hotel” for them to live in. These bee hotels can be hand made or purchased – but before you start, make sure you understand how to care for these living creatures so you can help them thrive.

We’ve compiled a list of resources that will help you get started:

BOOKS:
Pollination with Mason Bees by Dr. M Dogterom
Available here, plus additional resources: https://beediverse.com/

Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies by Xerces Society Staff
Available here (and at library), plus LOADS of additional resources: https://xerces.org/

PUBLICATIONS:
Bee Basics
http://feedthebees.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/BeeBasicsBook.pdf

Bee Friendly Plants for your Garden *Local Study by Earthwise Gardens

Planning for Urban Pollinators by Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA)
Available here: http://eya.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Planning-for-Pollinators-Report-web-version1.pdf

Mason Bee Resource Guide by Think&EatGreen@School
Available here: http://lfs-teg-collab.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2015/02/ThinkEatGreen@School-Mason-Bee-Resource-Guide.pdf
WEBSITES:
Pollinator Partnership

Crown Bees – lots of helpful videos
crownbees.com

Pollination Ecology Lab at SFU
https://www.sfu.ca/people/eelle.html
Beethinking Youtube Introduction to solitary bees
Mason Bee Lifecycle:
More – plus a video of mating mason bees: https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/mason-bees.html
 Good luck!

 

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