We have learned a lot about bees that live in colonies, like honeybees and bumblebees. We also learned that solitary bees like mason bees live alone and also pollinate our plants.
To help attract bees to our school garden, we built nests for mason bees. We learned that queen mason bees build their own nests in hollow reeds or sticks. They make individual cells in the reeds and lay their eggs in them. We bundled bamboo together to build a nest for mason bees, a native bee to the D.C. area.
We planted flower and strawberry seeds for them to pollinate. Special thanks goes to Ms. Yamamoto, Akesh’s mom and our garden coordinator, for taking the time to work with us in the garden!