Moist clayey mud located within about 25ft of the bee house is vital for successfully raising spring mason bees. Our Mason Bee Mud Mix is 9 oz of dry clay mix that can supply about 100 nesting female bees for a season.
The Mason Bee Mud Box keeps clayey mud moist in yards with very sandy soil and in arid locations like deserts and rooftop and balcony gardens. If your mud is too dry for even one day, mason bees will leave your yard and nest elsewhere. The mud box uses capillary action to keep your clayey mud moist.
The CocoonGuard Bag is a small fine mesh bag that protects your harvested bee cocoons or bee larvae over the winter until the bees are ready to be released in your bee house. Protecting and storing each kind of wild bee or beneficial wasp cocoon in its own CocoonGuard Bag will make managing your bee hotel easier.
The Bee Defender is a dual season pest trap that lures parasitic wasps that prey on solitary hole-nesting bees. The sneaky parasitic wasps are attracted to the same scent as the pheromones in our InvitaBee formulas.
Spring Mason Bees: Watch to see if the abnormally warm spring weather caused your blooms to open earlier than usual. If flowers are still closed, keep your bees in the fridge until pollen is available and the daytime high is consistently around 55F(13C). Mason bee cocoons should be released by mid-May. Summer Leafcutter Bees: Intact leafcutter bee cocoons can’t regulate their temperatures above 90F(32C), bring them indoors and release adult bees as they emerge (in the early morning) until the weather cools. Emerged adult leafcutter bees can manage the heat waves.
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
A hot summer mailbox is an issue for leafcutter bee cocoons because intact leafcutter bee cocoons are unable to regulate their temperature. An automatic tracking number is emailed to you once the USPS receives the package, please pay close attention to the tracking of your bee shipment and retrieve them from your mailbox as soon as possible. Another option for shipping leafcutter cocoons is to have your leafcutter bees shipped to your workplace.
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.
You can sell us your extra mason bee cocoons through our BeeBuyBack program in exchange for a Crown Bees gift card or check. The program opens in October and runs until our yearly mason bee quota is met. Your cocoons are rehomed to gardeners and farmers.