2017 Summer Native Leafcutter Bees
- 100+ incubated summer leafcutter bee cocoons. (We've incubated the bees for you and ship them for immediate placement outdoors.)
- Summer generalist that pollinates most flowers as well as melons, peas and many other fruits, berries and vegetables.
- These seasonal bees will fly in the upper 70°F (21°C) to 100°F (38°C) + temperatures, making them a perfect summer bee for many regions.
- Solitary, native bee is gentle and rarely stings.
- Great garden pollinator that is also used commercially throughout Canada and the US.
- Uses non-fibrous leaves (such as rose, lilac, bougainvillea or hosta) to separate/enclose her eggs.
- Family and pet safe.
- Price includes free shipping.
Summer leafcutter bees ship May through August. You select the ship date.
Sufficiently warm outdoor temps are important for success! Consider two things when selecting your leafcutter bee ship date. First, these bees need daytime temps in the 70's or warmer. Secondly, what are you trying to pollinate? Leafcutter bees are generalists and will pollinate a variety of flowers. If you don't presently have a variety of blossoms in your yard or garden, when might you? If you are seeking to pollinate flowering summer vegetables in your garden, consider when these plants will actually flower. A seedling planted in May may not produce flowers until the end of June.
Please note: Leafcutter bees overwinter as larva and require a period of warm weather to develop into fully formed adult bees. We incubate the larva (a process that takes about 3 weeks) and ship them to you ready for placement in your bee house. If you select a ship date less than 3 weeks from your date of order, we will do our best to meet your requested ship date. Shipping of leafcutter bees will be on a first come - first served basis with priority being given to those who have pre-ordered their bees.
Leafcutter bees fly best when daytime temperatures are continuously in the high 70's or warmer!
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 in which to nest. 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 fly off to nest elsewhere.