Welcome to the gentle world of summer leafcutter bees.
Our BeeHaven kit is a quick and easy way to start pollinating your summer garden with our leafcutter bees.
Here you can:
- Learn more about gentle, summer leafcutter bees.
- How to redeem your bee certificate and when to order them.
- How to set up your BeeHaven.
Introducing Summer Leafcutter Bees
Summer leafcutter bees love all flowers and will help you grow more squash, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and sunflowers. Our summer leafcutter bees are solitary bees, this means that each female bee is fertile and does all of the work to take care of her young. No honey, no hive, no need to aggressively defend her nest or eggs - these bees are gentle!
Each nesting chamber is made of a protective cocoon that the mother bee builds out of leaves or petals. The female bee gathers pollen and nectar into a pollen loaf to feed a single egg within each leafy cocoon. If the weather is still warm enough, she’ll choose another nesting hole and continue pollinating.
You can learn even more about the Super Pollinators of Summer.
How to Redeem your Bees
Your BeeHaven kit includes 30 summer leafcutter bee cocoons that are incubated and ready to start flying immediately upon arrival.
Redeeming your bee certificate is easy. First, pick your leafcutter bee ship date. We recommend picking a shipping date that is the week that your flowers begin blooming and your summer garden gets consistent warm weather of a minimum of 75F/24C. We typically ship leafcutter bee cocoons out on Mondays from May to the end of August.
Set Up your BeeHaven
- Sign up for BeeMail: Our free monthly newsletter gives you tips for raising your leafcutter bees.
- Pick a Location: Leafcutter bees only fly 300 ft from their bee house every day in search of flowers, so set up your BeeHaven near your garden.
- Install your BeeHaven House: Follow our detailed instructions for setting up your BeeHaven bee house.
- Provide Tender Leaves: Leafcutter bees will use leaves like those of rose, hosta, lilac, and dahlia. You can also plant peas, beans, or strawberries for a leaf source and for extra flowers.
- Watch the Bees Fly: Leafcutter bees are fun to watch and you might be able to see a second generation of bees emerge to continue pollinating throughout your summer weather.
Create a BeeReady Garden
The leafcutter bee is a generalist and gathers her pollen from most flowers, but the best pollen sources are native plants and food-growing plants. Consider planting flowers in large clumps. Bees are energy conscious and would rather gather pollen in one area rather than individual flowers.
Leafcutter bees use small bits of leaves or flower petals to line and separate each egg chamber. Semi-circular holes in leaves are a natural sign of a healthy garden. You may be surprised that you do not find any bee-cut holes in plants within your yard and wonder where they are gathering leaves.
We highly recommend that you avoid using pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides in your lawn and garden. The scent of manmade chemicals can deter leafcutter bees from nesting in your BeeHaven. You can learn more in our Tips for Success.