BeeBasics Kit includes:
- BeeHut house (Size: 9 1/2"deep x 3 1/2" diameter)
- 25 BeeTubes for spring bees
- 25 BeeTubes for summer bees
- 10 mason bees acclimated to your state/region
- Solitary Bee Booklet: 16 page booklet about raising solitary bees
This dual season kit ships year round. Bee house and nesting holes will ship at time of order. Bees will ship "in season" per date(s) selected.
Mason bees are mailed February through April of each year.
Mason bee cocoons can be ordered early and easily stored in your refrigerator and put outdoors when daytime temps are in the low to mid-50's or warmer AND there are open blossoms readily available for them. Be sure to set out your spring cocoons by May 1 to ensure that bees emerge healthy with sufficient energy to begin their work.
Summer leafcutter bees ship May through August. Not sure when to have your summer leafcutter bees delivered? Consider two things. One: these bees need daytime temps in the 70's or warmer. Two: what are you trying to pollinate? These bees are a generalists and will pollinate a variety of flowers. If you are seeking to pollinate flowering summer vegetables in your garden, consider when these plants will actually flower. Summer bees will arrive ready for immediate placement outdoors.
Leafcutter bees fly best when temperatures are in the high 70's or warmer!
Note: Spring mason bees are not recommended for Alaska and gulf regions of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of mason bees to the state of Hawaii. If you are a resident of Canada, please order through crownbees.com/ca.
Meeting your expectations: We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most of our customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may find other holes in your yard. They may get eaten by birds and fly/nest best when in their appropriate temperature range. Native bees may not like the smell of chemical lawn/yard treatments or similar chemicals and might nest elsewhere.