Leafcutter Bees

The super-pollinators of summer!

Leafcutter bees are perfect for mid-late season garden vegetables

and fruits, like apples, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, and peas.

 

Learn how easy and fun it is to raise these gentle summer pollinators!

 


  • LEAFCUTTER BEE BEGINNER'S GUIDE

    This guide covers the fundamental questions about leafcutter bees and provides step-by-step guidance to help you become a successful bee raiser.

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  • LEAFCUTTER BEE CHARACTERISTICS AND IDENTIFICATION

    Learn the common characteristics that the genus Megachile (leafcutter bees) share to help you pick out the leafcutter bees from the other insect pollinators in your yard and garden.

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  • LEAFCUTTER BEE LIFE CYCLE

    Leafcutter bees are only active in your garden for about 4-6 weeks, beginning in summer and spend the rest of their lives inside their nesting chambers. This guide is a seasonal look at a year in the life of a leafcutter bee!

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  • LEAFCUTTER BEE RAISER CALENDAR

    Leafcutter bees hibernate as adults and emerge once daily summer temperatures are a consistent 70°F/21°C or above. This calendar breaks down leafcutter bee raising tasks by season to ensure this guide is helpful no matter where you live!

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  • INCUBATING LEAFCUTTER BEES

    Leafcutter bees need warm spring/summer temperatures to develop from larvae to adults. We call this process incubation. This guide walks you through the steps of incubating your own harvested leafcutter bee cocoons.

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  • WHERE OUR LEAFCUTTER BEES COME FROM

    We take great pride in providing you with healthy leafcutter bees to give both you and the bees the best chance for success! We source our alfalfa leafcutter cocoons from Saskatchewan, Canada, to reduce the incidences of parasites and diseases.

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  • PICKING YOUR LEAFCUTTER BEE SHIP DATE

    Summer leafcutter bees overwinter as adults, ready to emerge when daytime temperatures reach a consistent 55°F/13°C and spring blooms are open. Use this guide to help you pick the best shipping date for your mason bees.

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  • LEAFCUTTER BEES BY MAIL INSTRUCTIONS

    Use this guide to learn what to do once your leafcutter bees arrive at your doorstep.

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  • HOW TO RELEASE LEAFCUTTER BEES

    Releasing leafcutter bee cocoons means placing cocoons into your bee house so they can emerge and begin spring activities. Before you release your cocoons, you'll want to make sure your yard and garden are ready for these super summer pollinators!

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  • PROVIDING LEAVES FOR LEAFCUTTER BEES

    There's a reason we call them leafcutter bees! Female leafcutter bees build the walls of their nesting chambers out of cut leaves and flower petals to give each egg a safe place to develop into an adult bee.

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  • FALL: REMOVE, PROTECT, STORE

    Leafcutter bees hibernate as delicate larvae inside of their leafy cocoons over the fall and winter. In the fall, you can remove and store the hibernating bees in a safe space, away from hungry predators.

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  • PARASITES AND DISEASES OF LEAFCUTTER BEES

    Proper care can significantly reduce the incidences of pests, parasites, and diseases and allow managed bees to thrive. This article highlights the common enemies of leafcutter bees by season and methods for their control.

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  • HARVESTING LEAFCUTTER BEE COCOONS

    Learn the importance of harvesting cocoons, the best harvesting practices for our three different types of nesting materials (natural reeds, wood trays, and cardboard tubes), and how to store and incubate your leafcutter bee cocoons for healthy summer bees!

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  • LEAFCUTTER BEE BASICS PPT

    This PPT was created to help raise awareness and educate communities on the importance of leafcutter bees. It includes speaker notes to help you present with confidence. You can easily edit and tailor the presentation to meet the needs of your audience.

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