The Red Mason Bee
By Christopher O'Toole
A practical guide to the red mason bee (Osmia rufa
); its natural history and management as a pollinator in gardens, allotments and orchards.
O'Toole, C. 2000. The Red Mason Bee: Taking the Sting Out of Bee-keeping. Banbury. Osmia Publications. ISBN 09539906 05.
Softback. 14x21cm. 34 pages.
This concise volume covers the natural history of the red mason bee as well as discussing the conservation of pollinating bees in general. The economic importance of pollinating bees is discussed and a convincing case is made for encouraging red mason bees in the garden as 'pollination' pets. They have a very mild sting which is exceedingly rarely used and although they nest in small colonies, they are actually solitary bees; both factors which increase their appeal as garden residents. O'toole describes the 'nester kits' which the Oxford Bee Company
have designed to enable people to encourage these bees into the garden.
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