Every year, Crown Bees opens their office and warehouse doors to the public. We invite local mason bee raisers to come to learn how to harvest their mason bee cocoons. This year's party will be on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Dave Hunter of Crown Bees filming at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center in Washington State for a program by One Tree Planted about the important role bees play in supporting tree propagation.
Learn how to naturally deter social wasps from building a nest near your home. You may begin to notice and worry about social wasp nests in the late summer. Social wasps like paper wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets have similar life cycles and their nests become large enough to notice in the summer. Social wasps look for a protective overhang like a tree branch or unfortunately, your house's eave.
Crown Bees is proud to announce its recognition by and partnership with EnviroStars, a free program offering rebates, resources, and incentives to businesses who take action to protect the environment and employee health and safety.
Crown Bees Provides a Fun Educational Way to Increase Food Sources and Save the World
In a study we published earlier this year, we found that feral honey bees (managed honey bees gone wild) are preferentially removing food resources from the plant species that support the highest diversity and abundance of native pollinators.
Place the leafcutter bee cocoons outside into the bee house as you would during warm weather. We incubate our leafcutter bee cocoons and ship them so that the bees are nearly ready to emerge. The cold weather will slow down their development and it will take longer for the bees to emerge.
Our Leafcutter Bee Observer lets you peek into and watch leafcutter bees build their nests. The clear window also allows you to watch second and even third generation leafcutter bees emerge and return to nest.
Our Mason Bee Observer lets you peek into and watch mason bees build their nests. The clear window also allows you to watch mason bee larvae grow and spin cocoons.
Of the 20,000+ bee species on Earth, only about a dozen are used by farmers in commercial agriculture, and these crucial populations of managed bees have been declining at an alarming rate. Several factors, including increased use of pesticides, habitat fragmentation, emerging diseases, and reduced genetic diversity may be responsible for such bee losses. In response to this pollinator crisis, recent conservation efforts have led to stricter regulations on insecticide use. However, other agrochemicals such as herbicides and fungicides that do not directly target insects (such as bees) continue to be applied to in-bloom crops without much scrutiny. Curiously, past research shows that while certain fungicides may pose a lower risk for adult honeybees, they appear to be quite harmful for larval bees. Such findings were somewhat unexpected, and we at the Steffan lab wanted to find out why.
You want to keep your mason bee cocoons safe when it's time to release them in your bee house. For first-time mason bee raisers, all you need to do is slightly open their cocoon shipping box and set the box on top of your nesting materials and towards the back of the bee house. If you've been raising mason bees for a few years you need a protective container while they emerge from their cocoons.
Mason bees emerge when the time and conditions are right for them - usually in the spring when temperatures are nearing 55F. Depending on your weather patterns it can take two weeks or longer for mason bees to emerge from their cocoons.
How do I pick a bee ship date?
Monday Cocoon Shipping Policy: For the health of the bees, we only ship mason or leafcutter bee cocoons on Mondays to ensure that they are not stuck in transit over the weekend.
Take a look at your calendar and think about when your orchard or garden begins blooming, these are the target blooms that need pollination.
We strive to process your order within 2 business days and the amount of time shipping takes depends on your location. In general, your order will arrive a day after processing if you live in western Washington. Shipping takes about 2 days if you are in the western US and between 3-4 days if you live in the eastern US.
Crown Bees is located in Washington state and our shipping costs are determined by rates linked directly to the USPS. Shipping rates are calculated based on weight and size of the items. We do not add any handling fees to USPS shipping rates.
When a bee emerges while stored in your cold fridge it usually means that the bee is low on stored fat. You might want to check on the temperature setting of your fridge because if it’s too warm it will increase the bee’s metabolism. It also may be it's time to release your bees (Past May). We recommend that you set your fridge between 34-38F (1-3C).