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Spring and Summer BeeWorks Kit - Chalet or Cottage - With Bees

Regular Price: $164.95

Special Price $140.21

Availability: In stock

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Our best all-in-one kit for raising gentle spring mason and summer leafcutter bees, in your choice of Chalet or Cottage. Grow more fruit and vegetables with our gentle hole-nesting bees that are 100 times more effective than honeybees.

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Regular Price: $164.95

Special Price $140.21

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.

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Our Spring and Summer BeeWorks Kit makes raising gentle mason and leafcutter bees easy and fun. Our spring mason bees and summer leafcutter bees carry pollen dry and loose and they stay close to their bee house - making them more effective pollinators. Simply set up their bee house, place out their nesting holes and bee cocoons and watch them build their nests. Raising our gentle bees takes only about two hours per year!

Spring and Summer BeeWorks Kit - Chalet or Cottage Includes:

  • Chalet Bee House, Northwest cedar (10" H x 10" W x 9" D)
  • OR Cottage Bee House, Northwest cedar (9" H x 8" wide x 9" D)
  • 24-hole reusable wood nesting tray for spring mason bees
  • 39-hole reusable wood nesting tray for summer leafcutter bees
  • 20 mason bee cocoons acclimated to your region
  • 100 leafcutter cocoons incubated and ready to emerge
  • InvitaBee attractant for summer leafcutter bees
  • Native Bee Guide: our step by step 26-page booklet
  • Total Accessories Package:
    • HumidiBee: humidifier for overwintering mason bee cocoons
    • InvitaBee Plus: exclusive mason bee pheromone attractant
    • BeeGuard Bag: fine mesh bag for protecting developing cocoons
    • Mason Bee Mud: dry clayey mud mix in the texture spring mason bees need
  • Instruction Sheet

Chalet Bee House Features:

  • Natural cedar wood sealed with protective clear coat finish.
  • Peaked roof to drain excess rain.
  • 2″ overhang protects nesting material from rain.
  • Keyhole slot in back for easy installation and removal.
  • Can be placed on secure shelf or mounted to wall or fence.
  • Convenient cocoon release shelf (attic area) under the roof.

Cottage Bee House Features:

  • Natural cedar wood sealed with protective clear coat finish.
  • Curved roof to drain excess rain.
  • 2″ overhang protects nesting material from rain.
  • Keyhole slot in back for easy installation and removal.
  • Can be placed on secure shelf or mounted to wall or fence.

Spring and Summer BeeWorks Kit - Chalet or Cottage ships year round. Chalet or Cottage bee house, nesting trays, booklet, and accessories ship at time of order. Bee cocoons will ship in season on dates selected.

We cannot ship bees outside the United States. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

Additional Information

Additional Information

Instructions

1. In the spring when your blooms are opening and weather warms to 50F/10C, set up the cedar bee house. Place the 24-hole reusable wood tray (8mm) for mason bees, lightly apply InvitaBee Plus+ to the front of the wood tray and set your mason bee cocoons on top and towards the back. Clayey mud is vital to mason bee nesting. If needed, add Mason Bee Mud Mix to a hole in the ground within 25ft of your bee house.

2. When all female mason bees are done nesting, remove the filled nesting tray and store with open end facing up in the BeeGuard Bag. Store over the summer in an unheated garage or shed.

3. Summer leafcutter bees fly best with consistent 75F/24C and above. Place 39-hole reusable wood tray (6mm) for leafcutter bees into bee house, lightly apply InvitaBee Spray for Leafcutter Bees to the front of the wood trays and set your leafcutter bee cocoons on top and towards the back..

4. Summer leafcutter bee activity will stop when the fall weather cools to below 60F/15C. Remove the filled nesting tray and store with open end facing up in the BeeGuard Bag. Store over the winter in an unheated garage or shed.

5. Harvest your spring mason bee cocoons in the fall between October and December. Store mason bee cocoons in the HumidiBee container in your fridge. Harvest your summer leafcutter cocoons next spring, around the time that you set out your mason bee cocoons.

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FAQs

Mason bee cocoons are mailed February through April 30 of each year. Mason bee cocoons can be ordered early and stored in your refrigerator until daytime temps are 55F/13C (or warmer) AND there are open blooms. Be sure to set out your mason bee cocoons by mid-May.

Summer leafcutter bees ship May through August.

Not sure when to have your summer leafcutter bees delivered?  Leafcutter bees need minimum 75F and your summer garden blooms ready to pollinate. If you are planting seeds or small starts, it may be several weeks before the plants are mature enough to blossom.

Please note: Leafcutter bees take about 3 weeks for us to incubate. If you request shipping prior to three weeks from the date of your order, shipping will be on a first come - first serve basis.

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