We were able to find mason bees from a local beekeeper. We purchased several hundred cocoons and will be releasing them into the garden over the next few weeks when warmer weather returns. With honeybee populations decreasing as much as 50% over the last three decades, we’re excited to introduce this native species to the garden. Mason bees are solitary and though they don’t make honey, they are very effective pollinators. I’ve read that just two or three females can pollinate a mature apple tree.
Last year we purchased several houses which will be installing over the next few days. Then we’re told, we just open their boxes and they’ll emerge from their cocoons. Right now they’re taking it easy in our refrigerator!