Isn't nature wonderful!
We have several Red Mason Bee nests near our front door (each group consists of part of a drainpipe, which we have filled with special 'straws'). Each Bee has it's own straw. The bee walks to the back, lays an egg, places a small pile of pollen then makes a 'plug' of mud. It will repeat this process until there are about 6 eggs in the straw. During the next year the young hatch and have their own food supply. When they've grown and matured the first one laid will break it's way through the mud plug and bite the bum of the next one (yes, really!!) - the second one will then break through it's plug and bite the next one and so on. Absolutely fascinating!
They do have stings, but only sting if they feel their lives are at risk.
There are also Blue Mason Bees - they plug their nests with chewed up grass (we don't get so many of them!)
|Camera:||Canon PowerShot SX240 HS |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||10 Jul 2013 - 8:20 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/3.5|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|