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The Mason Bee, the Hive-less Bee

Mason Bees are friendly, non-agrgessive bees that are crucial to the pollinator community. Unlike garden-variety honeybees, mason bees are non-social creatures that nest in holes rather than in a hive with a queen. Although they don’t t make honey, they do have exceptional pollination skills. They get their name from their habit of nest-building, which is to seal off the cells where they lay their eggs with a mortar-like application of mud.

Check out this video with Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, to learn ways to encourage them to your yard and help them thrive.