A few weeks ago, I received a shipment of mason bee cocoons from Crown Bees for my native bee house. I could already hear the little guys buzzing around before I’d even opened the box, and sure enough, several male bees had already emerged in transit.
One, however, was just starting to wake up from his winter slumber. I was fortunate to capture his emergence on camera! The whole process took about 40 minutes, but you can watch the fascinating sequence in a shortened span of 2.5 minutes.
I just love how he preens himself in the end… wiping the sleep from his eyes (at least, that’s what I’m calling it) and getting those antennae ready for flight!
AparnaJune 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm
That’s unreal! Thanks for sharing!
theGardenBettyMay 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm
A fascinating video of a gentle solitary bee emerging from its cocoon: http://t.co/PWtFvdW8Cr #nativebees
AskShirleyCampMay 12, 2015 at 9:01 am
RT @theGardenBetty: Have you ever seen a mason bee come out of its cocoon? Here’s your first look on video: http://t.co/QEQ8vLVHPY #savethe…
theGardenBettyMay 12, 2015 at 9:01 am
Have you ever seen a mason bee come out of its cocoon? Here’s your first look on video: http://t.co/QEQ8vLVHPY #savethebees
Cary BradleyMay 12, 2015 at 6:07 am
Very cool! Thanks for sharing! Do love the time-lapse also. Great!
joefeserMay 11, 2015 at 11:09 pm
Video: Watch a Mason Bee Emerge From a Cocoon http://t.co/SIysSuSU7I
theGardenBettyMay 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Native bees start to emerge from their cocoons in spring when temperatures are just right. Watch the video: http://t.co/HQadp712V5
KatieGMGMay 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm
RT @theGardenBetty: Blogged on Garden Betty: Video: Watch a Mason Bee Emerge From a Cocoon http://t.co/76Ov4eXvCi @crownbees @katiegmg
KarenMay 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm
Great time-lapse! Thanks for making this!
theGardenBettyMay 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm
A 40-minute process condensed into 2.5 minutes! Video: Watch a Mason Bee Emerge From a Cocoon http://t.co/45gqWf8GE8 #gardenchat
SustainableSeedMay 11, 2015 at 11:42 am
Watch a mason bee emerging from it’s cocoon. Thanks to Garden Betty for this interesting video…. http://t.co/rJNtqgVa9W