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Medium Bee Tubes for Native Bees - 6mm


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Summer BeeTube (6mm)

Perfect for medium bees such as the summer leafcutter bee, beneficial wasps, and other wild native bees.

Also available in bulk quantity of 250 for added 15% savings.

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BeeTubes are an innovative tube that tears open easily.

The BeeTube is easy for you to open and works well for smaller nesting native bees and beneficial wasps.

Also available in bulk quantity of 250 for added savings.

BeeTube Features:

  • Tube is the right size and shape for summer leafcutter bees.
  • 6" long tube fits into all Crown Bees houses.
  • Easy to tear open to sort pests from healthy cocoons at fall or spring harvest.
  • Made from 100% recyclable paper, free of plastics that hold in moisture which can damage your bees & wasps.
  • Tube has an innovative paper-closed end with a 1/16" hole that assists you with identifying empty tubes.

Additional Information

Additional Information

How to best use your summer bee tubes:
  1. Your mason bee house should ideally be placed in a location that receives sunshine earlier (as opposed to later) in the day to encourage bees to rise early and get to work.  Place BeeTubes, open end facing outward, in your bee house.  Nature tends to be a bit random, so consider adding a few twigs or sticks between tubes to break up the pattern of the tubes in your bee house.  Additionally, push some tubes in deeper than others to create a "3-D" look and feel.  This spacial differentiation will help nesting females to quickly and easily locate her nesting tube. 
  2. Please attempt to keep your BeeTubes out of reach of direct rain.  Crown Bees houses are designed with roofs to overhang beyond the end of the tubes.
  3. In October, determine which tubes are empty and which contain mud and larvae by first examining each tube.  If mud is obviously visible at the end of a tube, set it aside for harvesting.  For tubes where mud is not so obvious, hold the tube up towards a light source and peer through the open end of the straw.  If light can be seen through the tube, the tube is empty and can be set aside for reuse next year.
  4. BeeTubes can be opened easily by making a nick or tear  in the open end of the tube with a scissor or razor blade and then continuing to tear or unravel the tube, exposing any cocoons.  Cocoons can be easily extracted from the unravelled tubes.
  5. Questions about harvesting specifics?  Consult our harvesting section for more information.
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