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).
You will receive an automated email with your tracking number once your package is scanned by the USPS office, which occurs after 5PM, PST. Open the tracking email and click on the tracking number link to see the current shipping status of your order.
No, this is mostly for honey bees
Our spring mason bees and summer leafcutter bees are easy to raise, all you need to do is make sure that you provide:
Honey bees and hole-nesting bees can live in harmony together and while they do not attack each other, they are both competing for the same flowers. A biodiverse environment rich with a variety of flowers is the best habitat for bees.
It takes around 300-foot mason bees to fully pollinate one fruit tree or 10 leafcutter bees to pollinate a small 20' x 20' vegetable plot. It takes about 1,000 honey bees to do the same work! We suggest counting your flowering trees, plants, and natural growth to calculate the number of bees you need for pollination.