Beediverse Product updates
Our new in-store signage is led by “Hank ” our mason bee mascot.
The large overhead arrow shows customers where Beediverse products are located in the store.
Most of these Beediverse Quicklock corn nesting tunnels are plugged and filled with young developing mason bees. Mud plugs are of varying colors indicating that different females use different sources of mudding material. Three of the nesting holes remain unplugged and look empty although the lower open nesting hole on the lower left, contains a mason bees. It is probably close to filling its nesting tunnel. These nesting trays are of the newer ‘wood’ colors except the blue which gives the trays some color to help with the bees’ orientation. Overall, this spring nesting was mostly successful. In many cases, production looks like it will be more than the number of cocoons set out in the early spring.
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.|