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Hello all. I'm not a beekeeper yet, or even a wannabe beekeeper, however I garden to encourage bees and saw this just this afternoon. Have tried Googling what is going on but got nowhere. So thought I'd ask the experts. Thoughts?
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Hello all. I'm not a beekeeper yet, or even a wannabe beekeeper, however I garden to encourage bees and saw this just this afternoon. Have tried Googling what is going on but got nowhere. So thought I'd ask the experts. Thoughts?
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Osmia bicornis, Red Mason Bee male and female
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Must be that time of year again :) I rescued a couple of males from a water barrel (soaking bog wood to set up an aquarium) this morning and I noticed they were emerging from their little hotel. I'll have to shift the barrel now.
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Bonking bees I assume - how wonderful. Had it been any other insects I would have assumed that immediately but, with bees, I assumed all the procreation happened hidden in the hive around the queen. Like I said I'm not a bee person - think I need to find myself a copy of 'the life of bees for dummies'. Thank you Erichalfbee for the identification.
 

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Hi Rob. Honey bee queens mate on the wing, repeatedly. Most other bees as you see in your photo.
 
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