Mason Bees

Mason bees are the perfect pollinators for spring gardens, farms,

and orchards because they are gentle, easy to raise, and fun to watch. 

 

Learn how to create a safe nesting habitat and raise these bees in your backyard!

 


  • MASON BEE BEGINNER'S GUIDE

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

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  • MASON BEE CHARACTERISTICS AND IDENTIFICATION

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

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  • MASON BEE LIFE CYCLE

    Mason bees are only active in your garden for about 4-6 weeks, beginning early spring 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 mason bee!

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  • THE MASON BEE RAISER CALENDAR

    Mason bees hibernate as adults and emerge once daily spring temperatures are a consistent 55°F/13°C or above. This calendar breaks down mason bee raising tasks by season (and temperature) to ensure this guide is helpful no matter where you live!

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  • WHERE OUR MASON BEES COME FROM

    We take great pride in providing you with healthy mason bees specific to your region to give both you and the bees the best chance for success! The specific species of Mason Bee that you will receive from us is dependent on your location.

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  • PICKING YOUR MASON BEE SHIP DATE

    Spring mason 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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  • MASON BEES BY MAIL INSTRUCTIONS

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

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  • HOW TO RELEASE MASON BEE COCOONS

    Releasing mason 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 spring pollinators!

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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF MUD

    There's a reason we call them mason bees! Female mason bees build the walls of their nesting chambers out of mud or other "masonry" products to give each egg a safe place to develop into an adult bee.

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  • SUMMER: REMOVE, PROTECT, STORE

    Female mason bees only forage and nest for about 4-6 weeks and produce just one generation per year. So, once the females have completed nesting, we can remove and store the developing bees in a safe space, away from hungry predators.

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  • PARASITES AND DISEASES OF MASON 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 mason bees by season and methods for their control.

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  • HARVESTING MASON BEES

    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 clean and store your mason bee cocoons for healthy spring bees!

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  • WHAT'S THIS? PICTORIAL GUIDE FOR MASON BEE HARVESTING

    During mason bee cocoon harvesting, you'll find all sorts of things inside the nesting materials. This pictorial guide will help you identify the various things you may come across while harvesting.

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  • MASON BEE BASICS PPT

    This PPT was created to help raise awareness and educate communities on the importance of mason 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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