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The BeeBuyBack program for 2017/2018 is open October 1, 2017. Crown Bees will stop accepting mason bee cocoons once the quota has been reached.

BeeBuyBack is a program that supports our goal of growing more food. Simply mail your excess mason bee cocoons to us in exchange for Crown Bees gift certificates or cash. We then send the mason bee cocoons to other gardens and orchards in your area. It’s that easy!

2017 buyback rates are:

  • Crown Bees Gift Certiticate at $0.25/cocoon
  • Cash at $0.15 cash/cocoon
  • If we harvest for you, then it is $0.125/cocoon for gift certificate and $0.075/cocoon for cash

Mason bees are super pollinators that increase production in orchards and other spring crops, and when you send us your excess cocoons, we can reach our goal of assisting in the pollination of 1,500,000 acres of apples, cherries, pears, strawberries, almonds, and other crops across North America.

You can participate in BeeBuyBack very easily, just harvest your mason bee cocoons in the fall, count your cocoons, calculate how many bees you think you’ll need for spring pollination, and send us your extra cocoons. You can also send us unharvested inserts, EasyTear tubes, or reeds.  We will do the harvesting for you and discount the exchange rate. Please note that, at this time, we are not accepting leafcutter bee cocoons for exchange.

If you don’t need any products, we’ll buy your cocoons at a slightly discounted rate and mail you a check. Many gardeners just send us their excess cocoons out of the kindness of their heart, of which we're very grateful.

Please No Leafcutter Bees or Larva


  1. Fill out the form below (only available October 1 through program duration) letting us know that your cocoons should be arriving soon. Tell us where you live (so we can share your cocoons in your area) and what you’d like in exchange for your cocoons.
  2. If you have harvested your cocoons (preferred), please send us cocoons randomly selected, not just small or large ones. We like to ensure there are natural ratios of male and female bees. Please send us UNWASHED cocoons, it’s okay if they look a little dirty.  If you have aleady washed your cocoons, that's okay.  We will still take them.  We wash ALL cocoons received as a precaution so no need to wash cocoons before sending them.
  3. Package your loose cocoons or filled tubes/reeds in a paper towel, pad a small box with a bit of newspaper or paper towels, nestle the cocoons or tubes in the box and mail them to us. Don’t forget to include a copy of the form you filled out (we emailed it to you) in the box. Standard US Postal Service Mail is fine. Expedited shipping is NOT necessary.
  4. We’ll send you an email when your bees arrive. We will harvest the nesting material (if applicable), wash and inspect the cocoons for pests and disease, and count (by weight) the number of viable cocoons.
  5. About 2 weeks later, once the cocoons have been processed, we’ll let you know how many viable cocoons you sent and the value of your gift card or check. (Depending on the amount of pests found in your cocoons, we may have to adjust numbers).
  6. Your bees will be placed in our coolers by geographic region. (For example, Puget Sound bees will only mix with Puget Sound bees, while Eastern Washington bees will be kept separate, Minnesota is kept apart from New Jersey, etc.)
  7. We re-home your bees to gardens, farms, and orchards in similar regions with similar climates. Your amazing pollinators will go on to help produce more food in the future!
  8. Please do not send bee tubes that were reused for multiple years. We find mostly old cocoons. Also, please don't send moldy tubes or tubes with holes through the sides. We find that moldy tubes have moldy cocoons (dead bees) and tubes with holes show that parasitic wasps have reduced your bees substantially.


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Mason Bee Cocoons

  • How many tubes or cocoons will you be sending us? (Provide a number and tell us whether tubes or cocoons please.)

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