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Master Gardener and Master Melittologist, Carol Slavkovsky will take you on a journey into the world of fall mason bee cocoon harvesting. In this informative class, participants will gain valuable insights into the lifecycle of the mason bee, focusing on the crucial fall season when cocoon harvesting takes center stage.
Explore the intricacies of the mason bee’s lifecycle, from its emergence in spring to the development of cocoons in the fall. Gain an understanding of the processes that unfold within these fascinating pollinators, setting the stage for the upcoming cocoon harvesting.
Join Carol as she guides you through the process of harvesting mason bee cocoons. Utilizing her own mason bee house, Carol will demonstrate the techniques and tools needed to safely harvest mason bee cocoons.
Delve into the world of mason bee housing and uncover the potential pests that may inhabit these structures. Carol will share her expertise on identifying and managing pests that can affect the well-being of mason bees. Understand the importance of regular maintenance and learn how to create an environment that minimizes risks to your mason bee colonies.
Explore the reasons behind cocoon cleaning and discover the essential steps involved in maintaining a healthy mason bee population. Carol will provide practical insights into the cleaning process, emphasizing its role in preventing disease, enhancing bee vitality, and ensuring the success of future generations.