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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:30 PM

 

Has anybody ordered Mason bees yet?

I didn't do so well with my bees this past year and need to order some new ones. Northeastern Illinois is the region.

Any suggestions on who to order from? I have a dwarf backyard orchard with apples, cherries, plums, and pears.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:32 PM

1. from what i know, you don't have to acquire the bees, just

provide the housing. you can get larvae, but you really only need a bee house. i will let you know how it goes, as i have never done it.
i had plenty of bees last year because i had water. and mud.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:50 PM

2. I need to buy bees occassionally

 

I have a house and usually do okay, but the bee crop didn;t come through last year. I think the drought had a lot to do with that.

I'll probably pick up 20 cocoons in the next few days and put them out when the blossoms are about to open.

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