October 2010 Mason Bee Wash

 

 

 

examples of some mason bee housing

tubes in a red box

using the hollow stems of a kiwi vine PVC pipe
Pat Smith talks about the boxes Bob Woods looks at cocoons in an open box
Jane Collier assisting a fellow Master Gardener removing the bees from the tubes
inside of a bee box materials needed for washing the bees
cocoons in a kiwi branch tube taking the plunge.... fresh water first, then bleach
candle ing the bees on a light reveals empty cocoons the ones you can see thru are empty
Joby Duggan checks out mites under a microscope Kathy Enold gets busy cleaning her bees

 

all photos © s. andrews for the exclusive use of Clackamas County Master Gardeners