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The Pollinator Puppet Show—Mason Meets a Mason Bee—has gone online
The show is geared for second grade, but who doesn’t enjoy a puppet show? The 26-minute video includes the teaching points listed below. Adults generally report learning a thing or two as well…
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The puppet show teaches that...
(Native) wildflowers are extremely important to the survival of bees, and therefore humans since pollinators are so important to our food supply.
Not all bees are yellow and black, aggressive, or prone to sting. And not all bees make honey.
There’s a big difference between solitary and social bees. Namely, solitary bees aren’t aggressive. They actively avoid people. As the mason bee in the puppet show explains, “We keep to ourselves, we don’t want any strife. I just want to visit flowers and live my own life.” Most bees are solitary in the world.
The life cycle of the mason bee is like that of many other insects, such as the butterfly—egg, larva, cocoon, bee. Did you know that male mason bees only live as adults for a couple of weeks? Yep, just long enough to mate. Females are, in essence, single moms that lay about 20-30 eggs, put nectar-pollen balls by each egg so it has something to eat and turn into a larva. And without ever even exiting its home, it turns into a cocoon and stays that way for nine months. In the spring, it emerges from its cocoon as an adult.