Bees and Bee Supplies

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 spring, just in time to coincide with early blooming fruit and nut trees. These energetic little bees do not produce honey and do not swarm; they simply flit from flower to flower, gathering and distributing pollen. Hatching, pollinating, laying 30-35 eggs and dying all within 6-8 weeks in early spring through early June. These busy little bees do not live in hives, but are cavity nesting bees; meaning they want to place pollen and nectar into a hole and then lay an egg on that mass. Our Mason Bee homes, nesting tubes and BeeAdventure kit are an easy way to help these pollinators live on, making your garden more productive and beautiful every year.

Bees ship when ordered and are available through early February or while supplies last. Refrigerator storage and humidity is necessary until proper time for hatching in your area. Instructions included.
Sorry, not available to HI or Canada.

20 Bees Ships when ordered
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"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. All of our homes are of the appropriate size. Our Nester and Canned Bees Starter Kits have nesting tubes which consist of a liner, guard tube, and plastic end plug. The liners and guard tubes are the recommended diameter and depth.

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.
Mason Bee Homes
Fully assembled, these easy to clean, beautifully built mason bee homes feature solid wood construction, overhangs to protect bees from weather and sun, emerging rooms for the cocoons, and our reusable Quicklock Nesting Trays.

An alternative system for mason bee nesting boxes. No need for straws & liners with these reusable Quicklock Nesting Trays. Each tray is grooved, so when paired, the matching grooves form 6 complete tunnels for the bees to nest. These paired trays are stackable to fit into the Mason Bee Homes (ZBE015 & ZBE016). With this system, the trays can be snapped apart in the fall, the bee cocoons harvested, and then placed in the emerging rooms of the homes. The grooves can then be cleaned, snapped back together, restacked, and set into the structure, ready for the next generation of mason bees to nest in the spring. For a complete, easy to follow reference guide, see the book, Pollination With Mason Bees (ZBK115).

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