Today, as I harvested my Mason bee cocoons, I was once again reminded what an incredible world we live in.
The Mason bee, a solitary, gentle, super-pollinator works tirelessly her whole life's cycle foraging for pollen and nectar. The female packs this food into a nesting cavity, which takes many, many trips. She lays an egg and once more begins making trips to seal it with mud before starting all over again. This pollen collecting and egg laying only takes place for a limited number of weeks every Spring. Meanwhile, the Mason bee larvae hatch and munch at the stored food in their cell and start to spin a cocoon. The mature bee will hibernate in its cocoon through the winter, only to emerge on those first warm days of Spring to begin a new cycle of life.
'We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.' Maria Montessori
Susan Kain is a Registered Yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, and a Certified Personal Trainer with classes for all ages from toddlers to senior citizens.