Bees and Bee Supplies

Bees and Bee Supplies

You have probably heard of the recent plight of the honey bee. Now there is hope for home fruit crops in the blue orchard bee, or as it is more commonly called, orchard mason bee. The orchard mason bee has become a helpful ally in the search for an effective fruit tree pollinator. To maximize the number of bees for the most effective pollination, attention should be given to the depth of the home. When the orchard mason bee lays eggs that will hatch the following spring, it lays female eggs towards the back in each liner and male eggs towards the front of the liner. Too narrow and/or too shallow of a liner has the tendency to produce mostly male bees. Our Nester has nesting tubes which consist of a liner, guard tube, and plastic end plug. Each spring when the bees emerge and begin nesting, remove the used liners and replace with new liners. In late September, remove the container to a cool location for hibernation. You can remove the now-filled liners and either refrigerate them or place in a cardboard box insulated with newspaper and store in an unheated outbuilding. Hibernation at 38°F is perfect. Put the bees out again in the early spring, just before blossoms break.

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  • Solitary-Pollen Bee Nest

    Solitary-Pollen Bee Nest
    ZBE001

    Do your part to improve the bee crisis. By providing nesting for these essential creatures, you help improve their nu... 

    $28.95
    Qty.
  • Replacement Liners Canned Bees

    Replacement Liners Canned Bees
    ZBE007

    Replacement Liners for Canned Bees Starter Kit. 

    $7.25
    Qty.
  • Mason Bees

    Mason Bees
    ZBE011P

    Blue Orchard Mason Bees are gentle, rarely sting and are easy to raise. They are one of the first emerging bees in sprin... 

  • Natural Reed Mason Bee Tubes

    Natural Reed Mason Bee Tubes
    ZBE018

    Mason bees prefer a medium with insulating qualities that wick moisture away from the cocoon, keeping them dry and mold-... 

    $9.95
    Qty.
  • Mason Bee Homes

    Mason Bee Homes
    ZBE019P

    These fully assembled, easy-to-clean, and beautifully built mason bee homes are constructed of solid Northwest pine and ... 

  • EasyTear Tubes

    EasyTear Tubes
    ZBE021

    Made of 100% recycled paper, these one-use tubes provide a clean, dry, safe home for nesting mason bees. Featuring an in... 

    $11.25
    Qty.
  • Guard Tubes & Inserts

    Guard Tubes & Inserts
    ZBE022

    Mason bees prefer a medium with insulating qualities that wick moisture away from the cocoon, keeping them dry and mold-... 

    $12.50
     
  • Inserts

    Inserts
    ZBE023

    40 replacement inserts for use with Guard Tubes (ZBE022). 

    $5.95
    Qty.
  • Wood Trays 48 Holes

    Wood Trays 48 Holes
    ZBE024

    Mason bees prefer a medium with insulating qualities that wick moisture away from the cocoon, keeping them dry and mold-... 

    $43.95
    Qty.
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