Mason bees are non-stinging vital garden pollinators. In fact, they are up to 100 times for efficient at pollinating flowers than honeybees. Up to a third of all food crops are produced as a result of the work of mason bees and therefore should be encouraged in every garden.
You don`t need to have a big garden to site a honeycomb bee house. Any wall, fence of sunny side of a tree will do. For those gardens with a little more room, these houses fit neatly together thanks to their hexagonal design to make a striking statement.
This insect habitat provides over 50 chambers that each will house half a dozen larvae making a great contribution to the wellbeing of these challenged insects. Mason bees are active from late March and can be seen busily collecting nectar and pollen to feed each larvae as they create cells inside each chamber. As each cell is complete with egg and food the bee will seal it with clay and other materials. The following spring the bees will hatch inside the tubes and gnaw their way out to repeat the cycle, pollinating flowers and creating new nest broods.
The honeycomb mason bee house provides many insect species with a night time safe haven and secure winter quarters. They can be used individually or combined in interesting patterns. Position them between knee and head height on any sunny, southward facing flat surface, protected from wind and rain.