Having kids is difficult, but preparing the one meal for your young that will last them until next year is even harder! This female mason bee shows the signs that she has just created the ball of pollen and nectar that will see one of her larvae through the rest of the summer, until it can overwinter in a cocoon. The mason bees have worked unbelievably hard these last few weeks, and have filled 29 tubes in my three boxes, and there are more still in progress. Amazing.
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