From last year they were Sleeping Beeuties 2018 to
This year 2019 again these little kind and sweet bees have caught me unaware and when I opened
the sleeping box there were a few anxious looking faces! So up went the boxes sharpish
and they were put on top to feel the fresh air and off they flew ~ they'll be back always
to the same spot they first remember.
These are the boxes facing South in the hot sun.
This is a box with an emerging bee under the release box top.
Wildlife have no respect for photographers!
How sweet @TallTrees! 🐝 Always nice to read about your bees. Felt a bit sad for a second when I read that you let them out because I thought they'd just fly away to stay in some stranger's flowerbeds and that's the last you see them. Glad to hear they come back to the same spot!
Are they living after in that boxes?
They use the tubes as nests for the next generation of Red Mason Bees,
Usually about 10 little bees to one tube.
The new generation of red mason bees of 2019 only live until about June/July after they have placed
the new generation of bees into the tubes ready for the following year.
They do use the nesting boxes over night if it gets cold during April - July.
There is a link on my post showing what they look like last year
(Thanks to @Cleoriff who taught me how to put in a link )