Beediverse Product updates
Hello Margriet, Finally, I am attaching photos, as promised some time ago, of the bee condo structure my husband and I designed and built at our community garden in False Creek, Vancouver, BC.
Since we put it up fairly late in the season, we were too late for any bees to take up residency, but we are planning on getting cocoons next spring to “kick start” the cycle.
Thanks for the photos. This is a good workable shelter for mason bees when there are no other structures around to attach your nests. Others who work in community gardens might very well use this idea themselves. I recommend taking the nest down until early spring when you set out your bee cocoons to avoid any winter mishaps.
Hi, Bee Diverse,
We now have available, both the Chalet and Highrise with specifically designed nests for the leafcutter bee. In addition, the Chalet and one of the Highrises, also has the cardboard wrap for the other small summer mason bees. With or without bees, this refuge and nesting site is a boon for increasing your summer pollinators. At this time leafcutter bees are availabe in Canada only.
|Leafcutter bee cocoons. Different colored cocoons are made from leaves and petals..|
|Leafcutter bee Highrise|
|Leafcutter Highrise-availabe soon|
|Extra space in the attic for storing and emerging cocoons.|
|Emerging cocoons in cardboard box.|
|A predator guard in front of the nest
protects nests and bees
|Nests and bee cocoons behind predator guard.|
|In the fall-Step 2- push cocoons out with wooden dowel (supplied) and store in attic under roof of Highrise.|
Yes, Beediverse has both Osmia lignaria (early spring mason bees) and Osmia californica (late spring mason bees) available until late April.
|Cleaning station in the kitchen.|
|This is the Beediverse Highrise with tubes on the side.
The Highrise Quicklock nesting trays can be opened and
cleaned. After cleaning these nesting trays can be re-assembled
for the following spring.
|A great spot for mason bee homes-a warm
south facing wall under an overhang.
|Success! Cleaned and harvested cocoons|