Mason Bees

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Mark Mcgill on January 17, 2008

If anyone has a link to information about these insects, please let me know. They are not bees, and on sunny days are seen by the million in the Tasman Bay area, swarming over areas of sand just above the high tide mark. They land, dig holes, then reappear. Local Dept. of Conservation rangers didn't know.

Nawitka on February 7, 2008

Local conservation groups here in Canada are encouraging gardeners to place mason bee nests in their gardens. The nests are basically a container like a wooden box, containing tunnels made of rolled up newspapers -- like straws. I don't know much more about them, except they are very good pollinators if you have fruit trees, and we are supposed to encourage them. Here's one information link

Nawitka on February 7, 2008

Also, "mason bees" might mean wasps -- I tried Google with "New Zealand sand wasp" and found some likely suspects.

Mark Mcgill on February 12, 2008

Thanks Nawitka. Yes - there are some links to insects that look close to these. These certainly don't sting like wasps or bees.

michaelhoen on June 8, 2011

hi clicknz ! as always, another awesome shot !! I've found some information about these bees ; here is the link : and the species is Osmia caerulescens, according to this link : We have such bees here in France and they are good pollinators (these ones carry lots of pollen : yellow points) Greetings from France, Michael (beekeper)

Michele Leonardi on June 1, 2013

Magnificent. YSL

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Photo taken in Abel Tasman National Park Abel Tasman Walkway, Abel Tasman National Park 7183, New Zealand

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  • Uploaded on January 17, 2008
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    by Mark Mcgill
    • Taken on 2007/12/24 11:45:30
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