Male and female bees have different lifespans and the bees actually spend most of their life developing or hibernating in their cocoons. Male mason and leafcutter bees will fly as adults for about 2 weeks after emergence from their cocoons.
During their daily search for pollen, nectar, and nest-building material, both our mason and leafcutter bees fly a 300ft (100m) radius from their bee house and that's an area of about 6 acres.
When bees emerge they can either nest in the house where they emerged or fly away in search of a new nesting site, this is called dispersal. Summer leafcutter bees are more likely to disperse than spring mason bees but both bees are capable of dispersing after emergence.
Hole-nesting bees are naturally in search of nesting holes and as opportunists they nest in broken hollow branch ends, grub holes in dead trees and tree stumps, house sidings, and even the end of wind chimes
Native bees prefer native plants...
Bee cocoons should not be placed in direct sunlight. Too much exposure to hot, direct sunlight can harm or kill a bee cocoon.
Your bee house is set up, the weather is warming, your fruit blooms are open, and your mason bee mud supply is ready – what happens when mason bees start flying?
This stage of raising mason bees is what I like to call Wait & Watch and it’s the best part of raising spring mason bees.
Early in the morning or late evening
Your bees will not nest in your yard if they can’t find pollen and nectar. Do not release emerged spring mason bees if your blooms are not open.
Managing your mason and leafcutter bees does not take that long! 15 minutes to install the bee house and release cocoons Hours watching the bees come and go (not a chore!) 5 minutes to remove and protect nesting materials Harvesting cocoons Spring Mason Bees: 30-60 minutes Summer Leafcutter Bees: 15-30 minutes Winter mason bee checkup: about 2 minutes per month to add water to the HumidiBee 15 minutes to incubate summer leafcutter bee cocoons
Public, community and educational gardens qualify for our Community Garden Pollination program. The Community Garden Pollination kit includes spring mason bees, summer leafcutter bees, a bee house, nesting materials, a sponsorship plaque, and weatherproof educational signs. The goal of the Community Garden Pollination is to help raise awareness of our native hole-nesting bees while providing year-round pollination to community gardens.