Bee Wayfinders - Mason Bees

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Mason bees use visual cues to help orientate themselves to their nests.

After emerging from their cocoons, females take an orientation flight. They search for a suitable nesting site during this flight and learn the surrounding area to help them relocate their nests. After selecting a nesting hole, the female bee will fly in a zigzag pattern in front of the nest entrance, memorizing its exact location.

Bee houses with large numbers of nesting holes that all look the same make it difficult for the females to relocate their nests—sometimes, this results in females nesting elsewhere. To avoid confusing the bees, we offer reeds that naturally have slight size variations and char the front of our wood trays to give each hole a slightly unique look.

To make it even easier for the females to relocate their nests after foraging, we've created Bee Wayfinders! These "signposts" add additional visual hints to help females locate their nesting cavities quickly.

Bees base their color combinations on ultraviolet light, blue, and green, which is why they can't see the color red. They can, however, see reddish wavelengths, such as yellow and orange. Each Bee Wayfinder is a unique bold color that bees can easily see.


  • 6 Bee Wayfinders per package
  • Bee Wayfinders fit in ANY of our 8mm nesting materials—BeeTubes, Natural Reeds, and Wood Trays.
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    Bee Wayfinders

    Posted by denise on Mar 30th 2022

    So there I was in Mid-March, 2020. Sent to work from home for 'a two week pause' due to covid, like so many others around the world. I quickly realized two things: 1) I am not the kind of person well suited to sitting at my dining room table for 8 hours a day; and 2) you can get a lot of stuff done during Teams meetings with your camera turned off. It was time to set up my 5 mason bee houses and I realized I was really tired of using sticks to break up the visual surface of the reeds and tubes- I do not lack sticks as I live on a partially forested acres, but I have found it irritating over the years to pull out the reeds and have them catch on a bump on a stick. I had some thin strips of wood in the garage, so I cut these down to about 7" long and 1/3 to 1/2 inch wide. Then I googled what bees' favorite colors are. And then I sat and listened to Teams meetings, painted the sticks various colors with my large stash of acrylic paint, and put them in my mason bee houses. Eureka! The painted sticks eliminated the problem of the reeds snagging. I happened to mention this story to Dave, owner of Crown Bees, when I was in buying reeds earlier this month- he thought they were such a great idea that he had them up for sale on his website within a couple of days. I believe the rules say that you can accrue your lifetime 15 minutes of fame 30 seconds at a time, so thought I'd toss this review up on here just in case anyone ever makes a wiki page about Bee Wayfinders. ********* Crown Bees response: We had been thinking about this concept for years with a more elaborate solution. Denise's simple solution was a wonderful "ahah!" moment for me. We are pleased to carry Denise's solution to the world through the Bee Wayfinder. We hope more bees find their homes with ease! Dave

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