Instructions: Leafcutter Bee Observer - 6mm Tray

Instructions: Leafcutter Bee Observer - 6mm Tray

Instructions: Leafcutter Bee Observer - 6mm Tray

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.

Instructions:

  • Installation: Bees tend to nest first along the bottom row of nesting holes. Place the Bee Observer in your bee house under your nesting materials (BeeTubes, Natural Reeds, Wood Trays), with the front open end of nesting holes facing out. The Bee Observer is designed to be used within a bee house that has a 2-3” roof to protect against rain. Leave installed throughout the summer to allow new generations of leafcutter bees to emerge and nest again.
    • Pro Tip: If female bees are already nesting in your bee house, install the Bee Observer in the evening.
  • Observation during nesting: To lessen disturbance of the nesting bees, observe 1-2 times a day, preferably in the evening. Gently ensure the wood nesting tray is pushed to the back of the Bee Observer drawer.
  • Spring Leafcutter Bee cocoon harvest: Best done from February to April. Unscrew the 4 acrylic lid screws; remove the bee cocoons with a Popsicle stick or Phillips-head screwdriver; and clean the nesting tray with a stiff brush or old toothbrush. Treat the nesting tray for mold with a mild bleach solution or spray Clean Bee bleach alternative, allow to dry completely. When reattaching acrylic window, put screws in until just snug. DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN.
    • Pro Tip: Soak acrylic window in water for a few minutes to avoid scratching. Rinse and wipe with a soft cloth if necessary.
  • Maintenance: The Bee Observer Drawer was treated with Daly's Ship'n'Shore, a non-toxic waterproofing drying agent with linseed oil.

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