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.
Beautifully protect your Crown Bees cedar bee house from hungry birds with our custom Bird Guard protective screen. Our protective Bird Guard is just the right size for allowing mason and leafcutter bees to fly in while keeping hungry birds and their beaks out.
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.
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.