My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
Cardboard tubes are used as nesting material for mason bees. Tubes are one of the many different types of nests available for mason bees. They are attractive to mason bees and produce a good
return of mason bees for the following year. However, cardboard tubes should only be used once ( accumulation of pests and predators over one season) , tubes do not provide protection against parasites and predators and are usually time consuming to unfurl tubes in order to harvest and clean cocoons.
All cardboard tubes are not created equal. It was originally thought that thick walled cardboard tubes would prevent parasitization of the bees. We soon found out that even cardboard tubes 40/1000″ (4mm) thick could be parsitized. It is now evident that these parasites can be reduced by using net bags in the summer and candling at time of harvest.
To make cardboard tubes easier to use we designed a cardboard tube that allows the easy harvesting of cocoons. We designed the EZY-Harvest tubes that unfurls after an overnight soak. It is simple!
Soak for 24-48 hours. The soaking dissolves the glue and cocoons are released into the water. some handling and unfurling is needed to release and harvest all cocoons. Read more about the details in additional blogs. Dr Margriet Dogterom
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.
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.