Mason Bee Cocoons & Tubes
Osmia lignaria (Blue Orchard Bee)
Blue orchard bees do well pollinating early season fruit and nut trees. Many early blooming flowers also provide pollen for this bee. They have a 4-8 week pollinating/nesting season depending on temperatures. Blue orchard bees are sold with a 1.5 males per 1 female ratio. The more bees you have competing for pollen and nesting, the better your pollination. See pull down menu for quantity options.
Osmia californica (California Mason Bee)
California mason bee emerges and begins pollinating about the time blue orchard bees finish nesting. This bee has been seen pollinating a large variety of fruit trees, flowers and garden vegetables in our region. Osmia californica has a strong pollination potential for early summer crops. Some packages may also contain a few sun flower bees. The more bees you have competing for pollen and nesting, the better your pollination. See pull down menu for quantity options.
Combination Bees: Osmia lignaria (Blue Orchard Bee) and Osmia californica (California Mason Bee)
Increase your pollination season by using the blue orchard bees and california mason bees together. This can give you 10-14 weeks of pollination. Both types of mason bees use the same nesting material and often will use the same tubes. Typically, the more bees you have competing for pollen and nesting, the better your pollination. See pull down menu for quantity options.
Nesting Tubes (6"-6.5" Phragmite Reeds)
Our nesting tubes are cut from the stems of naturally grown Phragmite reeds. The diamiter of each reed varies in size from approximately 5/16 inch to 7/16 inch. Each reed is hand selected to and cut to a length between 6"-6.5". Adding variety to the length and size of nesting material will give mason bees variety to choose from. All bees are not the same size and we have found better propagation when we use a variety of tube sizes. See pull down menu for quantity options.
$35 plus shipping
Our bees are produced in Utah and Idaho with the use of phragmite reeds as nesting material. Using new reeds every year helps reduce the percentage of parasites or disease that can be found on mason bee cocoons. We further inspect every cocoon to ensure you are getting A+ quality. We package our bees at a ratio of 1 female to 1.5 males to promote the best possible pollination and population growth.
Cocoons will be shipped priority mail. Prices subject to change.
We typically ship bee cocoons between November and early April. A few bees occasionally start hatching during shipment anytime after March 1st when temps get warmer. Order at your own risk as we have no control over temperatures and shipping.
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