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BeeBasics™ Hut

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Featuring our durable BeeHut house, this affordable kit includes mason and leafcutter bees, BeeTube nesting tubes for both bees, and our Native Bee Guide. Pollination and function at an awesome price!




$54.95

SPRING Mason Bees available February—April

  • • Release spring mason bees when daytime temperatures are consistently 55°F (13°C) or warmer AND there are open blossoms for your hungry bees.
  • • Cocoons can be refrigerated until the appropriate conditions exist for release.
  • • Place cocoons outdoors by May 1 to help ensure that bees emerge in good health with sufficient energy to begin their work.
  • • NOTE: Spring mason bees are not recommended for AK or gulf regions of FL, AL, MS, LA and TX. Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of mason bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

SUMMER Leafcutter Bees available May—August

  • • Summer bees require temperatures of 75°F (24°C) or warmer AND sufficient sources of pollen/nectar for best performance.
  • • We incubate your summer bees so they arrive ready for immediate placement outdoors.
  • • If you are seeking pollination for your flowering summer vegetables, consider when these plants will flower. A seedling planted in April or May may not produce flowers until June or July.
  • • Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of leafcutter bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

Description

Details

BeeBasics Kit includes:

  • BeeHut bee house (Size:  9 1/2"deep x 3 1/2" diameter) (Wood stand not included)
  • 8mm BeeTubes - 25 count, for spring mason bees
  • 6mm BeeTubes - 25 count, for summer leafcutter bees
  • 10 Mason bee cocoons
  • 50+ Leafcutter bee cocoons, incubated and ready to emerge
  • Native Bee Guide: our step by step 26-page booklet
  • Instructions

BeeHut house, nesting tubes, booklet and accessories will ship at time of order. Bee cocoons will ship in season, on dates selected. 

Additional Information

Additional Information

Instructions

Mason bee house location

Mason bees prefer morning sun.  Install your BeeAHut on a southern or eastern facing wall with good visibility.  Although these gentle bees don’t mind nesting high, we suggest that you install the BeeHut at a height that will allow you to easily view them and watch their activity.  A non-moving surface is best, such as a wall, where the bees can sun themselves and/or mate.  If possible, place your BeeHut under an overhang that keeps the wall and bee house dry.

Installation instructions

1. Select a location facing early morning sun to awaken and warm your bees.

2. Position 5-7 feet from the ground for easy viewing and to deter pests.

3. Remove the base cap (with mounting holes) and secure the cap to a wall, fence, or flat surface using screws (recommended) or nails.  Note: screws/nails not included due to varying mounting surfaces and thicknesses.

4. Goal is to have a slight downward angle for rain protection but not so steep that the nesting material falls out.  Achieve this angle by first tightening and then backing the top screw out one full turn and the bottom screw ½ of a turn after tightening. If securing with nails, do not drive top nail flush to achieve same angle as screw mounting.

5. Gently push the BeeHut housing into the mounted base cap. 

 


 Insertion of BeeTubes and Mason Bees

  1. Insert both small and large BeeTubes into the housing before adding it to the mounted base cap. The holes should face the house entrance.
  2. Leave about an inch of housing space behind the tubes to insert the box of bees for release. Open the box so your mason bees can emerge and crawl over the tubes (Figures 5-7). This helps imprint upon the bees where home is so they come back to nest.  You may also place the cocoons in loosely.
  3. Gently push the house into the mounted base cap, making sure the bee box or cocoons are not crushed.
  4. Push the tubes towards the back of house to protect them from rain and wind.
  5. Arranging the tubes at varying depths or lengths. This creates visual indicators to help your bees find their selected hole. Another easy way to help them find home, is to add a few sticks or twigs among the tubes.


Now you are ready for your bees to take up residence and begin pollinating your yard and garden!

Changing seasons to leafcutter bees

  1. Early June, take out all full and partially full tubes and place them into similar to the BeeGuardian bag for pest protection.
  2. When leafcutter bees arrive, open the LeafGuardian bag and place that behind the remaining BeeTubes.
  3. The leafcutter bees will emerge, crawl over the tubes and begin pollinating your garden!

Blue Orchard Bees

Your bees will arrive safely tucked away in their cocoons inside a small cardboard box.  Feel free to open the box to take a peek at them.   If you pour them into the palm of your hand, you should see a combination of larger cocoons (females) and smaller cocoons (males).  Cocoons must be stored under refrigeration to prevent them from waking up from their long winter's nap before spring has actually sprung.

Return the cocoons to their carton/box, or you can transfer them to a slightly larger container.  Be sure the container has small air holes. 

If outdoor conditions are not optimal (meaning that daytime temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees, freezing conditions at night), store your bees in the refrigerator.  The cool, dark environment of your fridge is an important factor in keeping your bees in a state of hibernation.  You will also want to keep the container somewhat moist so the cocoons do not dry out and die.  DO NOT SOAK the container. (Consider using our HumidiBee (cocoon humidifier) to assist with your bees’ hibernation.) 

Also, to be safe, place a cotton-ball, soaked in equal parts of sugar and water, inside the container with the cocoons.   If any of the bees (typically the males) hatch early, they will have a ready food supply to sustain them.  

When daytime temperatures have reached about 50-55°F, you can place the box containing your bee cocoons (with the top open) outdoors with the nesting house and nesting tubes.   Place the carton or container on top of, or behind the nesting material with the top or lid open or removed.  The bees will emerge from their cocoons, crawl over the nesting material and head out into your garden, orchard, or yard.

Please note: In addition to warmer daytime temperatures, there must also be sufficient pollen available (blooming trees/shrubs/flowers) for your new bees.  Try to avoid holding your bees in hibernation past May 1st as they will begin to die in their cocoons or may emerge too weak to fly and forage.

Leafcutter Bees

We have incubated the Leafcutter Bees that we are shipping for you.  They will be ready to be released when you receive them.  

Next year, you will want to release the bees yourself.  They will have been refrigerated by you over the winter in a HumidiBee or similar.  Follow these instructions.

 

Incubation Notes:

These developing bees need to be protected.  Place them in the LeafGuardian bag and incubate them in a warm temperature.  This can be done indoors or outside. Maintain a constant temperature of 84°F (35°C); and humidity ranging between 40% and 90%, it should take approximately 23 days for bees to begin emerging.  At a temperature of 70°F (21°C), this time may extend to 4 to 6 weeks.  We find that the LeafGuardian helps to stop pests from attacking these unprotected larvae.  If incubating the larvae outdoors, place the LeafGuardian, with cocoons in it, in a warm, protected place such as under an eave or other covering.  Do not place larvae in direct sunlight.

  •  When you first see a bee emerge within the LeafGuardian, place the remaining leafy cocoons behind or on top of the nesting material (tubes/reeds/tray with 6mm diameter holes) with the LeafGuardian open.  These bees need mid-to-high 70°F (21°C) to fly, but perform best in 80°F (31°C) or higher temperatures.
  •  Leafcutter bees will cut neat circles out of non-fibrous leaves.  To have holes in your rose leaves shows that you have a healthy yard!  Make sure your neighbors are aware of their habits as well.  You don’t want your neighbor spraying unnecessarily and causing harm to your bees.
  • During the incubation process, you may notice tiny black bugs with a long body inside the LeafGuardian bag.  These may be Pteromalus (pteromalid wasp) or Monodontomerus (parasitic wasp) – natural predators.  They most likely hatched from larvae that were infused into the leafcutter larvae.  A few of these pesky and destructive critters emerging from your leafcutter cocoons is considered normal.  Please simply “squish” any pests that you notice. 

  

If you have not already signed up for Bee-Mail, our free monthly electronic newsletter, we recommend you do so on our website.    

We will instruct you when to do what to help ensure your success!

FAQs

This basic dual season kit features our durable BeeHut house and BeeTubes for mason and leafcutter bees. This kit does not include any accessories and is designed for gardeners new to gentle bees. BeeHut house and nesting holes will ship at time of order. Bees will ship "in season" per date(s) selected below. 

Mason bees are mailed February through April of each year.   

Mason bee cocoons can be ordered early and easily stored in your refrigerator until daytime temps are in the low to mid-50's or warmer AND there are open blossoms readily available for them.  Be sure to set out your spring cocoons by May 1 to ensure that bees emerge healthy with sufficient energy to begin their work.

Summer leafcutter bees ship May through August.  

Please note:  Leafcutter bees take about 3 weeks for us to incubate them from larva to adult bees.  If you request shipping prior to three weeks from the date of your order, shipping will be on a first come - first serve basis. We will notify you when bees are mailed out.  Bees are shipped Mondays via the US Postal Service and will arrive in your mailbox within a few days.  

Not sure when to have your summer leafcutter bees delivered?  Consider two things.  One:  these bees need daytime temps in the 70's or warmer.  Two:  what are you trying to pollinate?  These bees are a generalists and will pollinate a variety of flowers.  If you are seeking to pollinate flowering summer vegetables in your garden, consider when these plants will actually flower.

Leafcutter bees fly best when temperatures are in the high 70's or warmer!

 

Meeting your expectations: We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most of our customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may find other holes in your yard. They may get eaten by birds and fly/nest best when in their appropriate temperature range. Native bees may not like the smell of chemical lawn/yard treatments or similar chemicals and might nest elsewhere.

Note:  Spring mason bees are not recommended for Alaska and gulf regions of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of mason bees to the state of Hawaii.

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