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Featuring our durable BeeHut house, this complete kit includes mason and leafcutter bees, BeeTube nesting tubes for both bees and complete accessories to help ensure success. Pollination and function at a great price!





$99.95

SPRING Mason Bees available February—April

  • • Release spring mason bees when daytime temperatures are consistently 55°F (13°C) or warmer AND there are open blossoms for your hungry bees.
  • • Cocoons can be refrigerated until the appropriate conditions exist for release.
  • • Place cocoons outdoors by May 1 to help ensure that bees emerge in good health with sufficient energy to begin their work.
  • • NOTE: Spring mason bees are not recommended for AK or gulf regions of FL, AL, MS, LA and TX. Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of mason bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

SUMMER Leafcutter Bees available May—August

  • • Summer bees require temperatures of 75°F (24°C) or warmer AND sufficient sources of pollen/nectar for best performance.
  • • We incubate your summer bees so they arrive ready for immediate placement outdoors.
  • • If you are seeking pollination for your flowering summer vegetables, consider when these plants will flower. A seedling planted in April or May may not produce flowers until June or July.
  • • Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of leafcutter bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

Description

Details

The BeeWorks Hut is perfect for the bee enthusiast looking to increase spring and summer pollination. Season-specific nesting tubes are easily swapped out to encourage nesting of mason bees in the spring and leafcutter bees in the summer. BeeWorks Hut Kit includes:

  • BeeHut bee house (Size: 9 1/2" deep x 3 1/2" diameter, wood stand not included)
  • 8mm BeeTubes - 25 count, for spring mason bees
  • 6mm BeeTubes - 25 count, for summer leafcutter bees
  • 10 Mason bee cocoons
  • 50+ Leafcutter bee cocoons, incubated and ready to emerge
  • InvitaBee attractant for summer leafcutter bees
  • Native Bee Guide: our step by step 26-page booklet
  • Total Accessories Package:
    • BeeGuard Bag: fine mesh bag for protecting developing cocoons
    • HumidiBee: humidifier for overwintering mason bee cocoons
    • InvitaBee Plus: exclusive mason bee pheromone attractant
    • Mason Bee Mud Mix: dry mud mix to add to your soil

BeeHut house, nesting tubes, booklet and accessories will ship at time of order. Bee cocoons will ship in season, on dates selected.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Instructions

Mason bee house location

Mason bees prefer morning sun.  Install your BeeAHut on a southern or eastern facing wall with good visibility.  Although these gentle bees don’t mind nesting high, we suggest that you install the BeeHut at a height that will allow you to easily view them and watch their activity.  A non-moving surface is best, such as a wall, where the bees can sun themselves and/or mate.  If possible, place your BeeHut under an overhang that keeps the wall and bee house dry.  Note:  in regions where summer afternoon temperatures are quite warm, it may be advisable to place the bee house in a location where the house does not receive direct afternoon sun.  Leafcutter bees that have not yet emerged from their cocoons can get too warm.

Installation instructions

1. Select a location facing early morning sun to awaken and warm your bees.

2. Position 5-7 feet from the ground for easy viewing and to deter pests.

3. Remove the base cap (with mounting holes) and secure the cap to a wall, fence, or flat surface using screws (recommended) or nails.  Note: screws/nails not included due to varying mounting surfaces and thicknesses.

4. Goal is to have a slight downward angle for rain protection but not so steep that the nesting material falls out.  Achieve this angle by first tightening and then backing the top screw out one full turn and the bottom screw ½ of a turn after tightening. If securing with nails, do not drive top nail flush to achieve same angle as screw mounting.

5. Gently push the BeeHut housing into the mounted base cap. 

 


 Insertion of BeeTubes and Mason Bees

  1. Insert both small and large BeeTubes into the housing before adding it to the mounted base cap. The holes should face the house entrance.
  2. Leave about an inch of housing space behind the tubes to insert the box of bees for release. Open the box so your mason bees can emerge and crawl over the tubes (Figures 5-7). This helps imprint upon the bees where home is so they come back to nest.  You may also place the cocoons in loosely.
  3. Gently push the house into the mounted base cap, making sure the bee box or cocoons are not crushed.
  4. Push the tubes towards the back of house to protect them from rain and wind.
  5. Arranging the tubes at varying depths or lengths. This creates visual indicators to help your bees find their selected hole. Another easy way to help them find home, is to add a few sticks or twigs among the tubes.


Now you are ready for your bees to take up residence and begin pollinating your yard and garden!

Changing seasons to leafcutter bees

  1. When mason bee activity has ceased (early June or before), take out all full and partially full tubes and place them into your BeeGuardian bag for pest protection.  Store nesting tubes in garage or shed for summer to allow for development of bees.
  2. When leafcutter bees arrive, open the LeafGuardian bag and place bag behind the remaining BeeTubes.  Note:  If bees have emerged during transit, cool bag of bees in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to calm and still bees.  This will allow bag to be opened and placed in BeeHut before bees fly out of bag.
  3. The leafcutter bees will emerge, crawl over the tubes and begin pollinating your garden!

 

ACCESSORIES 

InvitaBee Plus™

Prior to releasing mason bees or when you are looking to attract native mason bees, squirt InvitaBee container about 10 times onto the front of your nesting holes. The InvitaBee contents can be used for two locations. 

Keep out of range of children

Mix natural reeds included with nesting tubes when initially placing out nesting material in early spring. If using wood trays, natural reeds can be placed on top of or next to wood trays.

 HumidiBee™

  1. Open lid of HumidiBee™ and ensure that the isolating black pad is on top of the green water absorbent blanket in the bottom of the clamshell.
  2. Place unharvested tubes OR mason bee cocoons in HumidiBee™ on top of isolating black pad.
  3. Each month, place about 1-2 tablespoons of ordinary tap water into the chamber.  Water can be poured directly over the cocoons as the silk cocoons are waterproof.
  4. Close the lid and place the HumidiBee™ in your refrigerator away from the air supply vent that blows in from the freezer compartment.  The temperature should be around 38-41˚ F.
  5. After 2-4 weeks have passed, remove the HumidiBee™ from your refrigerator to feel and determine if the green water absorbent sheet is dry, damp or wet.  The moisture content of the pad may vary due to the air circulation in your refrigerator which can speed up or slow down water evaporation.  Repeat this process monthly, adjusting the amount of water added and/or the frequency when you next check.  
  6. Moldy cocoons can be a sign that there is too much moisture in the HumidiBee™.  Do no panic if you discover mold on your cocoons.  Simply remove the mold by giving the cocoons a short 2-3 minute soak in a mild bleach solution (1 teaspoon bleach:1 cup of water) followed by a gentle blotting before they are returned to their winter quarters.  Simply cut back on the amount of water that is added each month.
  7. Check off each month that you have added water on the front label of the HumidiBee™.
  8. Note:  Be somewhat cautious when storing cocoons in a refrigerator containing ripening fruit that produces ethylene gas.  As an example, a garage refrigerator containing delicious apples may need to be occasionally opened allowing gas to escape and fresh air to be introduced.  
  9. Your hibernating bees should be able to survive 6-7 months under refrigeration.  Be careful about extending the hibernation beyond 7 months (May?) as your bees will be running out of fat reserves on which nature allows them to survive. 
  10. Crown Bees recommends that summer leafcutter bee cocoons not be stored in the refrigerator.  Rather, store them in a breathable container in a cool garage or cellar.

BeeGuardian

Simply open the  BeeGuardian™  bag and place larvae filled nesting material inside.  Secure the bag closed by pulling drawstrings.   Store the bag and nesting material (mudded holes facing up) out of direct sunlight (a garage or shed works well) in average temperatures for your area).  Developing larvae can be left in this protective environment until it is time to harvest cocoons.

Mason Bee Mud

Spring mason bees prefer to gather their mud from the sidewall of a hole in the ground rather than a bowl.  The groundwater also keeps the mud relatively moist.

Dig a small hole, about a shovel blade deep/wide. Locate it about 20’ distance from where your spring mason bees are nesting.   If you are concerned about frogs or birds eating your mud-gathering bees, place chicken wire or hardware cloth on top with holes no smaller than ¾”.

  Mason Bee Mud Mixture Ratio

Loamy or sandy soil Normal looking soil Clayey soil
Equal parts of dry mason bee mud and existing soilOne part dry mason bee mud to two parts soilNo need to mix in mason bee mud

 In a bowl, mix the dry mason bee mud thoroughly with your soil. Add a bit of water so that the dry mason bee mud isn’t floating in the air.  If you add too much, that’s ok as the water will dry out later.

Place an inch thick of mud mixture on the southern side of the hole you dug. This reduces drying out due to sun exposure. Keep the mud on the south side of your hole wet/moist.  In dry climates or very sandy soil, water each morning with a hose. Your nesting spring bees will more than likely find this nearby mud.  Good luck with raising these wonderful and gentle bees!  (Note:  Mud is not necessary for nesting summer leafcutter bees.)

 

Mason Bees ~ Gentle-Natured Garden Caretakers Booklet

Read through this informative booklet to better understand the ease and value of raising gentle mason bees. This booklet contains a broad overview of bees as well as tips on how to create a welcoming environment for mason bees and how protect your bees from pests.  An easy to read timetable describes seasonal mason bee raising activities and lays them out on a linear timeline.  Your success in raising these wonderful pollinators is important to us.

 

 If you have not already signed up for Bee-Mail, our monthly electronic newsletter, we recommend you do so on our website.

 

We will instruct you  when  to do  what  to help ensure success!

FAQs

This complete kit features our durable BeeHut house and includes mason and leafcutter bees, BeeTubes for both bees, and complete accessories for success. Designed for the enthusiastic gardener wanting a practical, attractive look.

Kit ships at time of order.  Bees ship on requested dates.

Mason bees are mailed between February 1 and April 30 of each year.   Mason bee cocoons can be ordered early and easily stored in your refrigerator until daytime temps are in the low to mid-50's or warmer AND there are open blossoms readily available for them.  Be sure to set out your spring cocoons by May 1 to ensure that bees emerge healthy with sufficient energy to begin their work.

Summer leafcutter bees ship May 16 through August 15.   Summer bees are shipped USPS, First Class Mail.

Not sure when to have your summer leafcutter bees delivered?  Consider two things.  One:  these bees need daytime temps in the 70's or warmer.  Two:  what are you trying to pollinate?  These bees are a generalists and will pollinate a variety of flowers.  If you are seeking to pollinate flowering summer vegetables in your garden, consider when these plants will actually flower.

Please note:  Leafcutter bees take about 3 weeks for us to incubate them from larva to adult bees.  If you request shipping prior to three weeks from the date of your order, shipping will be on a first come - first serve basis. We will notify you when bees are mailed out.  Bees are shipped Mondays via the US Postal Service and will arrive in your mailbox within a few days.  

 

Leafcutter bees fly best when temperatures are in the high 70's or warmer!

BeeHut house, nesting holes and accessories will ship at time of order. Bees will ship "in season" per date(s) selected below.

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. 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 nest elsewhere.

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