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Mason Bees at West Parry Sound Campus

May 23, 2017 | Laura Peddie, West Parry Sound Campus

Canadore’s West Parry Sound Campus has some new residents. On May 15th, a mason beehut was installed on campus. The beehut looks a lot different than a honey bee hive. It consists of a group of tubes that each individual bee houses in. Mason bees also raise their young in these tubes or nesting holes. Sticks are placed among the tubes, and the tubes are placed at various depths to help each bee identify their individual home. Mason bees differ greatly from the well-known honey bee in that they are solitary, are more effective pollinators, native to North America, and do not make honey.

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