Leafcutter Bee Observer Instructions

Bee Observer 

Watch leafcutter bees build their nests, emerge and build new nests for multiple generations. Don't miss the excitement with our Leafcutter Bee Observer.

Installation Instructions

  • The Bee Observer is designed to be used in a bee house that has a 2" to 3” roof overhang to protect against rain.
  • If female bees are already nesting in your bee house, install the Bee Observer in the evening.
  • Place the Bee Observer in your bee house under your nesting materials (BeeTubes, Natural Reeds, Wood Trays) with the open end of nesting holes facing out.
  • Leave installed throughout the summer to allow new generations of leafcutter bees to emerge and nest again.
  • Bees tend to nest first along the bottom row of nesting cavities.

Observation During Nesting—To lessen disturbance of the nesting bees, observe one to two times a day, preferably in the evening. After observation, gently ensure the wood nesting tray is pushed to the back of the Bee Observer drawer.

Harvest Instructions

  • Remove the four screws securing the acrylic lid.
  • Remove the bee cocoons with a Cocoon Comb.
  • Clean the nesting tray with a dry, stiff brush or old toothbrush.
  • Treat visible signs of mold or chalkbrood with a Q-tip moistened with CleanBeeTM
  • Soak acrylic window in water for a few minutes to avoid scratching. Rinse and wipe with a soft cloth if necessary.
  • Allow to dry completely.
  • Reattach the acrylic window, tightening the screws until just snug. If you overtighten, the cover may break.
  • The Bee Observer Drawer was treated with Daly's Ship'n'Shore, a non-toxic waterproofing drying agent with linseed oil.

 Note: Spring leafcutter bee cocoon harvest runs between February and April. 

See Video 

Please note that while the video is for the Mason Bee Observer, the principles are the same. 

 

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