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MASON BEE: This gentle, blue-black metallic bee does not live in hives. In nature it nests within hollow stems, woodpecker drillings and insect holes found in trees or wood. Sometimes there may be dense collections of individual nest holes, but these bees neither connect or share nests, nor help provision or protect each others' young.

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How to Raise Mason Bees, North Carolina

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

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Bloodroot Project - growing. orange for baskets

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How to raise and manage orchard Mason Bees for the home and garden. I would like to do this at the house. Maybe Mason Bee houses for a Girl Scout service project?

Jeanine Davis does research on medicinal herbs.

Organic Farm Business Planning,

Lisianthus - Mariachi Carmine

NC Extension

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MUSHROOMS multiple shiitake


Paper wasps are great beneficial insects that have a huge appetite for caterpillars. To attract paper wasps, build a wooden box at least 4"x4" with an open bottom mounted on a post 4-6 feet off the ground.

An excellent series of courses on bees and beekeeping offered by David R. Tarpy, Assistant Professor and Extension Apiculturist at NC State University. In this video Professor Tarpy presents a general overview of the Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES). See the following url for more general information.

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