The mason bees are busy! They are buzzing around like crazy, which brings out the human instinct to swat them away. It’s good practice for us all, since our honey bees will arrive next weekend.
Most of the mason bees are out & about, perfectly on time with the bloom of the fruit trees. We came home from vacation to find this — the first filled hole! Behind that little dried mud door, there is a series of mason bee eggs and a supply of food for each. Hopefully they will spend the summer pupating, growing, and hatch into adults by fall. They will spend the whole winter in their cocoons, snacking on the food supply their mom left for them, and hatch next spring to be our next generation of mason bees.